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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Ohio & West Virginia!

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

Escapes Completed


Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Vacationing in Florida
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – May 2, 2020
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery)
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Ohio
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sprinkles of Suspicion (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – June 2, 2020
Setting – ???
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

Release Dates are changing due to the COVID 19 Pandemic so please double check on Amazon.
May 25 – 31, 2019


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Memorial Day Thoughts


We are not spending the first weekend of Summer as we would like but a visit to a local hospital would show you how serious this pandemic still is. I am used to going to the clinic for my chemo treatments and my daughter checking me in and leaving to wait in her car, but Friday I had to go to the local hospital for an ultrasound to see if my tumor was shrinking and my husband couldn’t even come into the hospital.

We were met at the door by a nurse who told us only the patient is allowed in, he could wait in the car or better yet go home and they would call him when I was done. She wheeled me into a waiting room so I could check-in where I witnessed a heartbreaking moment. An elderly woman was checking in and in tears. Her husband is her caregiver and knew all her information and she didn’t. He was stopped at the door and not allowed with her. She was very confused by the whole process and just wanted to go home. Someone came to get her for whatever procedure she was having and was very nice but the woman was still so upset and begging for her husband. I heard her husband tell the nurse at the door that this was the first trip out of the house since the pandemic started and that his daughter had slipped two masks through their mail slot so they could come to the appointment. He then went to sit on a bench outside and the nurse followed him telling him he had to wait in his car or go home. He was in tears as he walked to his car.

This pandemic is serious and hospitals are taking it seriously and have enacted a no visitor policy. It doesn’t matter if you come into the Emergency Room or in for an appointment or ultrasound. Only the patient can come in.  Family members must remain outside to be contacted by cell phone. Children are allowed one parent and at some hospitals moms are forced to give birth without the father allowed in.

I can’t forget to mention the people who have died without their families by their side from the Coronavirus and other diseases and injuries. There are no funerals for people to grieve their loss.

Then I turn on the television and hear the man in The White House demanding churches everywhere open immediately. Bars, restaurants, gyms, and more are reopening and people flock in not wearing masks or doing any social distancing. Hair salons are reopening and I read of 1 case where a stylist with ACTUAL SYMPTOMS had opened and infected a bunch of people. There are disturbing videos online of coughing and spitting in people’s faces and getting into fistfights over wearing a mask.

Almost 100,000 people in our country have died and where do we see the leader of the country on the golf course. He also refuses to wear a mask, except for a few minutes at the Ford plant.

I am trying not to make this political but I want everyone from the top down to take this seriously as all the states start to reopen. If they don’t we could end up worst off than we are now.

Here in Wisconsin we had our cases of COVID 19 skyrocket to an all-time high just this past Wednesday and the legislature has blocked the Governor every step of the way as he has tried to keep us safe. Each state needs its own plan and everyone needs to take those plans seriously. I know we can’t stay home forever and everything needs to reopen but we need to use common sense to do it.

So do it for your friends and family to keep them safe. 

  1. Wear a mask whenever you leave your house.  
  2. Wash your hands often and keep hand sanitizer handy. (Not in your car.)
  3. If you are sick, stay home. 
  4. Continue social distancing and keep your groups under 10 people.
  5. Listen to the doctors and not the politicians.
  6. Keep Yourself Safe!

Just because states are reopening doesn’t mean the crisis has passed. We need to be smart and use the resources we have. So many people have died. So many people have sacrificed themselves to take care of the sick. So many have sacrificed so that our basic needs can be met. As you go back to work, think of everyone around you and the families waiting for them at home. As you go back to having fun, again think of everyone around you and those that have sacrificed so that you are able to do so.

On Memorial Day we remember those that sacrificed their lives to protect our country. COVID 19 is the war we are fighting now. It doesn’t care who it kills. As I write this we have surpassed 96,000 deaths in the United States. We have surpassed the military deaths of the Vietnam War. Are we going to surpass the deaths of WWI too?

REMEMBER AND HONOR 

P.S. My tumor has gotten a little bit smaller.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 18 – 23, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2020

Plus – Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery) by Lesley A. Diehl #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review / #Giveaway @sbkslandmark

Thursday – The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery) by Nancy Cole Silverman #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes) by Isis Crawford

Saturday – Killing Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery) by Suzanne Trauth #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Be courageous, be smart, stay safe!

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Killing Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery) by Suzanne Trauth #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Killing Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
by Suzanne Trauth

About Killing Time 


Killing Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 2, 2020)
Number of Pages: 215
Digital ASIN: B07W8ZX8JV

With Halloween just around the corner, Dodie O’Dell is making preparations to transform the Windjammer Restaurant on the Jersey Shore into a haunted house, while the Etonville Little Theatre is staging Dracula. But casting the titular Transylvanian is proving challenging. The amateur actors in the company are not shy about chewing the scenery, but who among them can convincingly sink their fangs into a victim’s neck? When a mysterious newcomer with a transfixing Eastern European accent lands the part, rumors that he might be an actual vampire start to take flight—not unlike the bat who’s recently been spotted in the town park.

 

But everyone’s blood really runs cold when a stranger is found in the cemetery with a real stake in his heart. Dodie decides to put her Halloween theme menu on the back burner and stick her neck out to bring the killer into the light of day. She’d better keep her wits about her, though—or Dodie may be the next one to go down for the Count . . .

 

Excerpt 

    “It sure looks haunted,” Edna murmured to no one in particular, to the cast of Dracula in general. They were grouped around her on the sidewalk that ran past the old Hanratty place that Carlos and Bella had rented. I’d never been inside though once I’d driven by it when I first moved to Etonville on my way out of town. The house stood on half an acre of scruffy lawn with patches of dried dirt, surrounded by a few straggly trees—minus leaves at this time of the year—and no neighbors. The nearest houses were on a side street some distance away. The three-story building looked as if it might collapse at any moment, its outer walls covered with weathered, gray shakes, the steps to the front door supported by concrete building blocks. There was no handrail. Light leaked out of windows on the first floor. Curtains covering small, circular panes on the third story—an attic room?—quivered. Was someone up there watching us? I shivered. A turret rose upward from the right side of the structure, giving the house a smidge of outdated dignity. A drain pipe dangled loosely from the gutter.

     “Let’s go.” Penny corralled actors and nudged everyone forward to the front door. There were six company members, Renfield saying he’d be along later, plus Penny, Lola, Pauli, and me. Strength in numbers.

     We crept across the porch cautiously, aware of the creaking beneath us as the flooring shifted with each individual’s footsteps. Penny put out a hand to knock on the door. Before she could hit knuckles to wood, it flew open. “Welcome everyone!” Bella stood in the doorway, a silhouette backlit by muted foyer lighting.

     Behind her Carlos stood silently, observing the group huddled in his entryway, like deer caught in headlights.

     Lola took the lead, moving graciously into the house. “Thank you. So nice of you to invite us to your home.”

     I’m not sure what the members of the Etonville Little Theatre were expecting. Given the exterior and location of the Hanratty homestead, I anticipated something out of a late-night classic horror film.

About Suzanne Trauth

Suzanne Trauth, Harvard Studio, Montclair, NJ. 06/27/2014 Photo by Steve Hockstein/HarvardStudio.com

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and former theatre professor at a university. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, the Dramatists Guild, and League of Professional Theatre Women. When she is not writing, Suzanne coaches actors and serves as a celebrant performing wedding ceremonies. She lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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#FlashbackFriday – A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes) by Isis Crawford

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.


A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (September 1, 2005)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0758206860
ISBN-13: 978-0758206862
Kindle ASIN: B00FN2DPCA

Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn. . .

 

Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding of her dreams. She’s got a $25,000 dress (gorgeous and made to order), a rich Estonian fiancé (head of a multimillion dollar caviar empire) and a four-star menu (planned by none other than Bernadette and Libby Simmons). Never mind that she’s not really in love with her boring, bland groom-to-be.

 

But the dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmare. Just hours before she’s scheduled to walk down the aisle, Leeza takes an arrow to the chest–and drops dead. Now Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: they’ve got an archery-inclined killer to find. . .

 

Includes 6 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Bernadette and Libby Simmons are given the chance to cater a huge reception for a bride getting the wedding of her dreams. Sadly, the event is tanked when the bride is killed before she can walk down the aisle. With a big assist from their retired police chief dad, the sisters try to find who shot down the bride with a crossbow on her wedding day.

______

This story is high on humor, low on facts, and sleuthing. The girls take their time calling the police and tamper with the crime scene all to find a killer that I was focused on pretty early on.

Sisters Libby and Bernadette are trying to grow their business but they keep finding dead bodies which makes their wheelchair-bound father worry so much he finally leaves his house to help them out. Their investigation was a little frustrating at times, they seemed to be going in circles and finding nothing. The ending falls together and my original theory was proven but I was surprised the sisters didn’t pick up what I was following the whole time.

I did enjoy getting to know these characters better than we did in the first book. There is plenty of room for growth and knowing there are 13 more books in the series I am sure the author capitalized on this. I also learned something when reading the book and that is always a plus.

This was a quick read for a weekend afternoon. It also includes some yummy recipes. A Catered Wedding has some issues but the characters are growing on me. I will give A Catered Christmas a try near the holidays.

 

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About the Author

ISIS CRAWFORD was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.



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The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery) by Nancy Cole Silverman #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman

About The House That Vanity Built 

Book 2 of the Misty Dawn Trilogy 

The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (May 12, 2020)
Hardcover: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115981
ISBN-13: 978-1635115987
Digital ASIN: B084BN2B37

Misty Dawn, a former Hollywood psychic to the stars, knows the dark and sometimes glamorous streets of Los Angeles are full of secrets, broken promises, and dashed hopes.

 

When a young woman comes to her door because she’s lost her engagement ring and is afraid to tell her fiancé (the son of one of the world’s biggest cosmetics empires), Misty senses it’s no accident.

 

Together Misty Dawn and her psychic charge, Wilson Thorne, must not only sneak behind the walls of the Conroy Estate (aka The House That Vanity Built), but go beyond the veil where the luminaries have laid plans to seek revenge.

 

Murder, lust, and a quest for a fountain of youth are hidden inside a family’s secret, one that threatens to upend the young woman’s life, and quite possibly, Misty’s as well.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hollywood psychic Misty Dawn meets a young woman upset because she has lost her engagement ring but Misty thinks there is more to the story. When the groom dies at his bachelor party she knows it was no accident. She has a lot of questions regarding the death of the son of the world’s biggest cosmetics empire. With her “shade” Wilson’s help, she is determined to find answers and the killer.


This second book in the Misty Dawn trilogy takes us to the House that Vanity Built current owed by Doctor Conroy who hasn’t always seen eye to eye with his son Jared but he thinks his son will settle down when he marries Amy. Again, the author takes time to develop these new characters throughout the entire book and allows the original cast to grow as well. Wilson makes some interesting new friends while Misty digs into those still living. The dialogue is crisp and at times will have you chuckling out loud.

The mystery is so well written and plotted out. She has created a real tangled mystery with twists, conflicts, and secrets. The lengths some people will go to for greed and vanity.

The author’s descriptive writing style really draws the reader into the story. While the book does have a serious tone, there is also plenty of humor within these pages, imagine the ethereal Wilson as Misty’s chauffeur and him flitting around unseen.

The vanity house does sound like an incredible estate making it a wonderful setting. It gives the book a real old-time cinema feel.

I found The House that Vanity Built to be captivating and entertaining. I am excited to read the third book in the trilogy to see where the author takes these characters and wraps up this very entertaining series.

 

 

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About Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman spent nearly twenty-five in Los Angeles Talk Radio, beginning her career on the talent side as one for the first female voices on the air, and later on the business side, where she retired as one of two female general managers in the nation’s second-largest radio market. After a successful career in the radio industry, Silverman turned to writing fiction. Her crime-focused novels and short stories have attracted readers throughout America. Her Carol Childs Mysteries series (Henery Press) feature a single-mom whose “day job” as a reporter at a busy Los Angeles radio station often leads to long nights as a crime-solver. Her most recent series with Misty Dawn is centered on an aging Hollywood Psychic to the Stars, who supplements her day to day activities as a consultant to LAPD and the FBI. Silverman lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a thoroughly pampered standard poodle.

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by Nancy Cole Silverman

I love this cross between old Hollywood rumors, the here-and-natural, and our current time. Ms. Silverman does a fabulous job of adding humor to the story, and I enjoy this series immensely.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

The characters were wonderful, even the other spirits in the story. The writing was great and the plot well paced. I loved the ending of this one, and the final few pages had me sitting holding my breath.
~Carla Reads Loves to Read

The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The mystery had a lot of twists and turns and was not easily solved.
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The House that Vanity Built is a humorous cozy mystery filled with great characters and a puzzling murder . . . is fast paced and easy to read.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I really like the themes at play in THE HOUSE THAT VANITY BUILT and the title really does say it all. Greed, glory, self involvement, and vanity can destroy everything.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

. . . with more than a handful of suspects from the bride to be herself to even Jared’s father I was busy piecing it all together right along side Misty and I was fully invested in solving this murder with her. This was another great book in the series. . .
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Cozy Wednesday – Featuring A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review / #Giveaway @sbkslandmark

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am very excited to share Bree Baker’s A Call for Kelp today!


A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1728205727
ISBN-13: 978-1728205724
Kindle ASIN: B082LNCZN6

It’s sink or swim for Everly with her most bizarre case yet!

 

Everly Swan is busy as a bee running her beachside iced tea shop, and the small island of Charm, North Carolina is abuzz-Mitzi Calgon, an iconic Hollywood actress, is in town! Everly’s great-aunts are making a documentary about beekeeping and Mira has agreed to help. But when the actress turns up dead, reporters and fans swarm the island, muddying the water and disrupting the peaceful lives of the townspeople.

 

Everly’s never been good at minding her own beeswax, so she starts following her own leads and combing through the evidence. Then there’s the mystery of Detective Hays-ever since their kiss under the mistletoe, he’s been acting distant. And he’s annoyingly determined to keep Everly away from the case. But when she receives a cryptic warning to “Bee Careful”, Everly realizes that she’s gotten herself into a really sticky situation…

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Bees, bees, bees, it’s all about the bees as Hollywood icon, Mitzi Calgon, comes to town to lend her voice to a documentary about beekeeping and saving the bees for Clara and Fran Swan. Before the project even gets off the ground there is a buzz in the air and one dead actress. Everly’s focus should be on her ice tea shop but she can’t get her mind off that Mitzi knew her grandmother and that she has to get her justice even when she is given a huge warning to “Bee Careful”.


The Sun, Sand, and Tea in Charm, North Carolina is a place I would love to spend day after day even with all the drama of a murder.

Ms. Baker gas penned a multifaceted story. We have the recent murder, Detective Grady Hays is dealing with a family issue that has been building over the course of the series. He has also been pulling away from Everly. The excellent character development continues as all the core characters are still evolving nicely. The characters added for this story brought some intrigue. I just wish Mitzi hadn’t been the victim. She was a woman full of stories.

The mystery was very well-plotted and written. I did enjoy that Everly gets help from someone other than Grady and that there were plenty of suspects, secrets, twists, and a surprising reveal. The pace was perfect and I was totally delighted with this book.

Ideal setting, a captivating mystery, and terrific characters make A Call for Kelp a fun and entertaining cozy mystery readers will love. Each book leaves me wanting more. I can’t wait to return to Charm.

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You can read my review of No Good Tea Goes Unpunished here and Live and Let Chai here and Tide and Punishment here.

Bree Baker is a Midwestern writer, obsessed with small-town high jinks, sweet tea, and the sea. She’s been telling stories to her family, friends, and strangers for as long as she can remember, and more often than not, those stories feature a warm ocean breeze and a recipe she’s sure to ruin. Now, she’s working on those fancy cooking skills and dreaming up adventures for the Seaside Cafe mysteries. Bree is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.



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A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson #Review

A Murderous Misconception

a murderous misconception
A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – New York
Publisher: Polaris Press (May 8, 2020)
Paperback: 294 pages
ISBN-10: 1940801656
ISBN-13: 978-1940801650
Digital ASIN: B084GCHYL9

Katie Bonner loses her lunch—literally—when her social media account serves up a shocking announcement. Her boyfriend Andy’s assistant manager, Erikka, is pregnant, and apparently with his child. And when Erikka turns up dead, the Sheriff turns up the heat on Katie and Andy, certain that one of them is to blame. But Erikka wasn’t pregnant after all. Was Erikka’s misconception the only way she could conceive of stealing Andy from Katie?

 

When Katie finds planted evidence, it’s her friend and former detective, Ray, who insists on concealing it. Is it his growing affection for her that causes him to act against his training and code of ethics, or could he be responsible for Erikka’s death? Katie is afraid to find out.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

OMG, this one is a must-read for fans of this series!

Katie Bonner’s life is turned upside down and inside out when her boyfriend Andy is revealed for the cad he truly is. When his assistant manager, Erikka announces she is pregnant with his child and is later found dead, Katie becomes a prime suspect as does Andy. But we all soon learn it was a lie, there was no baby, one may say a MISCONCEPTION! And it may have gotten her killed but Katie didn’t do it and she is going to prove it!


I read this book in all one sitting. It truly is a turning point for our protagonist Katie Bonner and twists the series up in many new directions.

In addition to that, the mystery was filled with twists, red herrings, and suspects. The more Katie delves into the murder the more secrets and suspects come to light. It also reveals that Katie’s friends are there for her no matter what and she really needs them by her side. Ms. Bartlett and Ms. Lesson have created an extraordinary cast of characters.

This book is strong and very intense in sections. It will grab your attention and hold on tight.

I am so excited to see where these wonderful authors take this series. A Murderous Misconception is an excellent addition to a series I already loved. It is also a Perfect Escape!

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About the Authors

Lorraine Bartlett

The immensely popular Booktown Mystery series is what put Lorraine Bartlett‘s pen name Lorna Barrett on the New York Times Bestseller list, but it’s her talent — whether writing as Lorna, or L.L. Bartlett, or Lorraine Bartlett — that keeps her there. This multi-published, Agatha-nominated author pens the exciting Jeff Resnick Mysteries as well as the acclaimed Victoria Square Mystery series and has many short stories and novellas to her name(s). Check out the links to all her works here: http://www.lorrainebartlett.com

Gayle Leeson

Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee. She is currently writing the Kinsey Falls chick-lit/women’s fiction series, the Down South Cafe cozy mystery series, and the Ghostly Fashionista cozy mystery series. Her book KILLER WEDDING CAKE won the Bronze Medal in the 20th Anniversary IPPY Awards. Gayle lives in Southwest Virginia with her family and enjoys hearing from readers. Find her books on Amazon here.

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Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery) by Lesley A. Diehl #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A. Diehl


I am pleased to welcome author Lesley Diehl to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Lesley,

It’s Not About Murder

 By Lesley A. Diehl

 

Cozy mysteries usually contain one or two or perhaps more murders, but they’re about more than murder. In fact, murder isn’t really what draws us to the mystery. It’s discovering who the killer is and why the murder was committed that is the intriguing puzzle presented to the reader. But solving the mystery is about more than identifying the perpetrator.

Murder sets the stage for disrupting life as the protagonist, her close friends and family and a community experience it. Whether the person murdered is someone important to the protagonist or a victim she isn’t acquainted with, the protagonist’s involvement in finding the killer is intimate to her relationships and to how she sees herself. While the mystery behind the murder makes for the structure of the sleuthing, how the protagonist goes about discovering necessary truths behind other characters’ behaviors and their impulses and provides the story with its unique flavor.

For cozy writers and readers, solving crimes is uninteresting unless we understand and like the protagonist. If we are reading for criminal and forensic details or legal nuances, our choice would be legal thrillers or police procedurals, not cozy mysteries. Cozy mystery readers want to share sleuthing with someone who may have an interesting life and career, but not necessarily one in law. Instead, we prefer to see someone like us who is able to match wits with a killer and tease out truth from lies, the life we might choose if we had the opportunity or if someone asked for our help. Miss Marple is the prototypic cozy mystery sleuth, older, wise, brilliant and imbedded in the life of her village, just the kind of woman who dwells in my fantasy life and who beckons me to come with her as she uncovers the killer. There’s much to learn from the cozy protagonist that doesn’t require a special degree or training, just a keen mind and an unfettered curiosity, qualities the reader brings to the book.

What the protagonist provides to the community is more than the identity of the murderer. She delivers the village from disorder. Not only does the protagonist grow and change as a result of her quest, but so do the characters that play key parts in her search. Clues become more than pieces of a puzzle; they can be lies told, lies covered up, truths revealed, and new relationships established. The original order of village life before the murder is never reestablished and what the pursuit of the killer does is to make it impossible for life to go back. Instead, the journey in the book puts everyone under the microscope. The result is life reinvented, usually in a better way.

The killer may be as important to the mystery as is the protagonist. In some ways the story is directed by the killer who leaves clues to his/her identity as well as false leads implicating the innocent. While the identity of the guilty remains unknown throughout, the protagonist and the reader come to know the individual intimately through the killer’s history, interaction with the victim and relationships with others. Understanding motive is significant to both the protagonist and the reader. If the story ended not knowing who did it, the reader would be disappointed, but the reader wants more than the face of the killer. The reader along with the protagonist needs to know why the killer did it. Establishing motive is often the final piece of the puzzle.

Like all good mysteries the cozy mystery is about putting together puzzle pieces that seem in the beginning of the tale to be irrelevant. The fragments come together when the protagonist discovers the important aspects of the lives of the characters in the story, their personal histories, their needs, desires, weaknesses and obsessions, what they have hidden and what they have lied about. The cozy mystery is only tangentially about murder. It’s really a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces of which are found in the psychology of the characters who make up the story.

Thank you, Lesley, for visiting today! 

 

About Nearly Departed 


Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Publisher: Epicenter Press (January 14, 2020)
Print Length: 180 pages
Digital ASIN: B083G9GDJY

Tired of sitting surveillance on insurance fraud, apprentice PI Eve Appel Egret gets her first big case, one where the outcome is important and personal. Eve’s best friend Madeleine has few relatives, so her Uncle Shamus is special, but someone is determined to kill him and has tried several times. Eve is certain she can identify who is after him, but this time she may have taken on more than even our self-confident Eve can handle. Coping with a growing toddler and a teenager, devoting time to the consignment shop and finding someone who can go undercover in a sexual harassment case all vie for Eve’s attention. Eve knows she cannot fail Madeleine. This is more than her favorite uncle’s life. His death would mean devastating loss for Madeleine and call into question Eve’s commitment as a friend and her ability as a PI.

 

About Lesley Diehl

Cows, Lesley learned as a child growing up on a farm, have a twisted sense of humor. They chased her when she went to the field to herd them in for milking, and one ate the lovely red mitten her grandmother knitted for her. Determining that agriculture wasn’t her career path, she took a job as a stripper, book cover stripper for a publishing company, that is. Now after many years as a college professor and university administrator, she has returned to the world of books and uses her country roots and her training to concoct stories designed to make people laugh in the face of murder. “A good chuckle,” says Lesley,” keeps us emotionally well-oiled long into our old age.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Florida and Georgia!

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

Escapes Completed


A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
Release Date – May 8, 2020
Setting – New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – May 12, 2020
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes)
by Isis Crawford
Release Date – September 30, 2013
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read and for
the Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Vacationing in Florida
For Review


Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – May 2, 2020
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I have some Great Escapes Posts this week without reviews but will choose a Flashback Friday Book to feature too!

Future Escapes

Release Dates are changing due to the COVID 19 Pandemic so please double check on Amazon.
May 18 – 24, 2019


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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Nana’s Loves – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Nana’s Loves

This past week I had my 4th round of chemo. It went very well, I even took a short nap while receiving treatment. All the nurses are awesome and take such good care of me. It is the side effects the second week that are the worst right now, but when I get upset, scared, or depressed my thoughts go to my grandchildren, my loves, the reason I am fighting so hard.

Kaden, the oldest, has the most concerns and questions, wanting to know all about the drugs, the pain, the side effects. He was able to ride with his mom this week along with Remi to take me to treatment this week but due to COVID 19 they couldn’t come in. I hope at some point he can come in to see the process. Remi just wants to be sure I am going to be okay. Natalie went through a similar situation with her other grandma, her texts and messages to check in with me bring me such joy.  Charlotte and Thomas are too little to understand but because we live so close we see them often. Thomas is a bundle of energy that keeps us on our toes and Charlotte is the best snuggler and always just seems to know how much I can handle. She is growing so fast.

Later this month my chemo treatments change to every week with a new course of medications. The oncologist thinks I will tolerate it well. The main side effect that scares me is the neuropathy in my hands and feet since I am already dealing with some of that with my paralysis. I am hoping for fewer stomach issues and am prepared for the fatigue and the possibility of a rash of some sort.  The one week turn around should be interesting. But I am in this fight for the long haul.

I want to thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. I appreciate them more than you can ever know.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 11 – 16, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 – 2020

Tuesday – Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery) by Elizabeth Logan #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery) by Julie Anne Lindsey #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @JulieALindsey

Thursday – A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @abbyvandiver

Friday – #Flashback Friday – Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake) by D.E. Haggerty – Author Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour @dehaggerty


I hope you have a happy week!

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