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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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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


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

Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake)
by D.E. Haggerty

I am very excited to welcome Dena Haggerty to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dena,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Although I’ve always loved to write, it took me a while to settle down and take writing seriously. I started out in the U.S. Army as a military policewoman where I met my Dutch husband while seconded with NATO in Germany. I followed him to the Netherlands where I spent more than a decade working as a lawyer. I fled Holland when I couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany wasn’t my thing either. When my husband got a job in Istanbul, I jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. I’m now back in Holland, working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on the next book.

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

I speak four languages: 2 (English and Dutch) fluently, 1 (German) well enough to yell at the tax inspector, and 1 (French) well enough to order wine and flirt in a bar.

I’m addicted to coffee but allergic to caffeine.

I don’t care for reality television, but I’m obsessed with any show about house improvements or buying a house.

What is the first book you remember reading?


Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss.

What are you reading now?


The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy.

What books have most inspired you?

As far as writing inspiration is concerned, On Writing by Stephen King is on top of my list. Before I read it, I wasn’t sure if writing was a career I wanted to pursue.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

I’m obsessed with murder mysteries! I inhaled Nancy Drew as a child. As an adult, I became addicted to BBC mysteries (Detective Lewis, Midsomer Murders, etc.). Between this and my background in the military police, writing mysteries seemed like the most natural choice.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I wouldn’t call it a special place. But I’ve converted a spare bedroom into an office.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. I’m an avid reader (some would say I’m addicted) of anything I can get my hands on (books, newspapers, blogs, etc.) which always provides great fodders for stories. I’m also not above eavesdropping on people in bars.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The saggy middle! The beginning and end of a story are usually fun to write, but the middle? It can be challenging.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one that moves you, whether it be to tears to laughter or to heart-pounding fear.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

I’d have to say Anna (the protagonist in the first novel of the Death by Cupcake series). Like her, I’m a bit chubby and insecure. I also love trivia. I like to think I don’t sprout trivia at awkward times, but my friends will tell you I’m wrong.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Although my cozy mysteries are series, each book in the series is told from a different character’s viewpoint. Each story has a different heroine, although the main characters don’t change. There’s also quite a bit of romance in each installment.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m currently finishing up a romantic comedy. After that, I have two more stories in the Death by Cupcake series planned – a Halloween story and a Valentine’s Day story.

Thank you Dena for visiting today! 

About Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play


Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Independently Published
Number of Pages: approximately 200 (including recipes)
Digital ASIN: B0862DF52C

How do you plan the perfect July 4th wedding with the groom in jail for murder?

 

Anna is not about to find out. And no way is she getting married in the jail house. Not happening. Instead, she’s off to uncover the actual murderer, because there’s no way her fiancé Logan would hurt anyone. Yeah, sure, he looks kind of intimidating, but he’s a cop. He fights crime. He doesn’t commit it!

 

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes solve the mystery before Anna’s wedding is ruined?

 

Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.

 
 

More About D.E. Haggerty

D.E. Haggerty is actually just plain old Dena, but she thinks using initials makes her sound sophisticated and maybe even grown-up. She was born and raised in the U.S. but considers herself a Dutchie and not only because it sounds way cooler. After a stint in the U.S. Army, she escaped the US to join her husband in Holland. She fled Holland over ten years ago when she couldn’t stand the idea of being a lawyer for one single second more. Turns out Bed & Breakfast owner in Germany didn’t do it for her either. When the hubby got a job in Istanbul, she jumped ship and decided to give this whole writer thing a go. She’s now back in Holland, which she considers home. Sorry, Mom.

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I love this series. I have had the chance to read each fun, funny, and yummy read. Each book is written as a stand-alone and each one gets better.
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#Flashback Friday – Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I didn’t get a book read this week for Flashback Friday
so I have pulled this book from my shelf to share with you.

Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder
Cozy Mystery
48th in Series
Setting – Maine
Berkley (November 6, 2018)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489306
ISBN-13: 978-0451489302
Kindle ASIN: B079R366MZ

Jessica Fletcher investigates a mysterious manuscript with deadly consequences in the latest entry in this USA Today bestselling series…

 

Jessica Fletcher has had plenty to worry about over her storied career, both as a bestselling novelist and amateur sleuth. But she never had any reason to worry about her longtime publisher, Lane Barfield, who also happens to be a trusted friend. When mounting evidence of financial malfeasance leads to an FBI investigation of Lane, Jessica can’t believe what she’s reading.

 

So when Barfield turns up dead, Jessica takes on the task of proving Barfield’s innocence–she can’t fathom someone she’s known and trusted for so long cheating her. Sure enough, Jessica’s lone wolf investigation turns up several oddities and inconsistencies in Barfield’s murder. Jessica knows something is being covered up, but what exactly? The trail she takes to answer that question reveals something far more nefarious afoot, involving shadowy characters from the heights of power in Washington. At the heart of Jessica’s investigation lies a manuscript Barfield had intended to bring out after all other publishers had turned it down. The problem is that manuscript has disappeared, all traces of its submission and very existence having been wiped off the books.

 

With her own life now in jeopardy, Jessica refuses to back off and sets her sights on learning the contents of that manuscript and what about it may have led to several murders. Every step she takes brings her closer to the truth of what lies in the pages, as well as the person who penned them.

 

About the Author

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels. Jon Land, author of over 40 books, coauthors this bestselling series.

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

A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Deadly Inside Scoop


A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Berkley (May 12, 2020)
Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099664
ISBN-13: 978-0593099667
Digital ASIN: B07WJF48NC

This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop—with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.

 

Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family’s ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she’s going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.

 

To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It’s not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she’ll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First of all, it is never too cold for ice cream, in Ohio or Wisconsin or anywhere!!

Crewse Creamery is a family business and recent MBA grad Bronwyn “Win” Crewse has been handed the reins to bring the ice cream shop back to its glory days using her grandmother’s recipes while adding a few of her own.  Unfortunately, her opening day was pushed past the summer months and the day she actually opens the snow is flying. So Win decides to embrace it by using her grandmother’s recipe to make Snow Ice Cream. While out gathering the snow she needs she discovers a body of a dead man in the snow. A man that has a bad history with her family and she soon learns many others. She, her friends, and her family, all join in to freeze out the killer and put them on ice for good.

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I loved this story!!

Set in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland seems like the ideal place for a cozy mystery series. An area that could be ripe for all kinds of drama. An ice cream parlor theme is just plain delicious too!

Win is a true treasure. She is heartwarming, intelligent, with a great head on her shoulders. Her family is close, but she has a special relationship with her PopPop, which speaks volumes about them both. Maisie Solomon has been her best friend since kindergarten, but that girl is off her rocker, watching too many crime shows, and reading too many mysteries has her coming up with some theories that are way out there. Friend Riya brought her owns ideas and those didn’t go well either. All the core characters Ms. Collette introduced are strong, age and ethnically diverse, and very well-developed for the first book in a series, but she has left them with plenty of room to grow. We also have a regal feline resident at the ice cream shop which is just like a cherry on the top of my sundae!

The mystery was marvelous and I love following along while Win did her sometimes unorthodox and sometimes illegal snooping. The suspect list seemed to grow each step of the way instead of really eliminating anyone for quite a while. It also brought what could be a romantic interest for Win, and maybe even PopPop. I was completely captivated and entertained from beginning to end.

A Deadly Inside Scoop is a truly tasty debut for this series. It strikes all my cozy boxes and then some. It also has recipes in the back of the book!!! For these reasons and more, this book will be on my Best Reads List of 2020. I am craving Book 2!!



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About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. Born and raised in Cleveland, it’s even a mystery to her why she has yet to move to a warmer place. Author of the two Southern cozy mystery series Logan Dickerson Mysteries featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian who is always digging up trouble, and the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, set in East Texas, it pairs a medical examiner and her feisty auntie who owns a funeral home and is always ready to solve a whodunnit. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries, and spending time with her grandchildren, each of which are her favorite.

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Abby Collette has created a delightfully delicious mystery, complete with an engaging cast of ethnically and age diverse characters, a possible love interest, a decidedly regal cat, humorous scenarios, and mouthwatering ice cream flavors and desserts (recipes included).
~Book Club Librarian

A Deadly Inside Scoop is a great start to this new series! Trust me; you’ll be craving the many flavors of ice cream that Win and company make at Crewse Creamery.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I haven’t had so much fun reading a book in so long! A Deadly Inside Scoop has some genuinely sweet and laugh out loud moments. It’s down to earth and not a zany adventure.
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Cozy Wednesday – Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery) by Julie Anne Lindsey #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @JulieALindsey

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am thrilled to feature Pulp Friction by Julie Anne Lindsey!


Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Publisher: Kensington (April 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 149672349X
ISBN-13: 978-1496723499
Kindle ASIN: B07TT2LWBQ

Nothing’s sweeter than a fruitful family business, and for Winona Mae Montgomery and her Granny Smythe, that means Smythe Orchards in Blossom Valley, West Virginia. But this year’s apple crop is especially juicy—with scandal . . .

 

SEEDS OF DANGER

 

Thanks to Winnie’s new cider shop, Smythe Orchards is out of the red and folks can get their fix of the produce and other delectable products they love all year round. The locals are even booking the shop for events, including a June wedding! Winnie couldn’t be happier to see the barn filled to the rafters for the big bash—until her doting ex, Hank, is caught in a heated argument with the groom. Winnie plans to scold Hank after the party, but spots him running off instead. And when the groom turns up dead, apparently hit by the honeymoon getaway car, Hank is the main suspect. Now Hank is on the lam, and it’s up to Winnie to get to the core of the truth—before the real killer puts the squeeze on her . . .

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back in Blossom Valley just in time for a wedding at Smythe Orchards. Winnie’s is so excited to have her new cider shop used for weddings and local events. She knows this is the way to make the orchard fruitful and helps keep the place open year-round. But this time, the wedding ends on a sour note, and Winnie’s ex Hank right in the middle of it. He had a dust-up earlier with the groom and now that groom is dead. Winnie knows she should stay out of it but finds herself slicing through the clues to juice the real killer before Hank winds up behind bars.


I loved the first book in this series, Apple Cider Slaying, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. The author exceeded my expectations.

I find Winona Mae Montgomery to be an excellent protagonist. She is smart, and for the most part, thinks things through but like all amateur sleuths just sometimes finds herself in the thick of things she never imagined could happen when she leaps into something. Her friend Dot is a reliable sidekick and a strong character in her own right. Winnie is close to her grandmother and they make a great team running the orchard. We learn some new things about Sheriff Colton Wise as he and Winnie grow closer. Hank is still hanging around and is sometimes his own worst enemy. They are also several animal characters that have their own unique personalities. What I love is all the characters are engaging and realistic in their own ways. They continue to grow and become more endearing.

The mystery was very intriguing and unfolded at a perfect pace throughout the book. There were plenty of suspects and twists and turns and a real edge of your seat moment to grab my attention and hold on tight. I wasn’t totally surprised when the killer was revealed but I had discarded this person earlier.

I love the apple orchard theme. I love visiting local orchards and we can never have enough apples in the house.

A well-plotted mystery, wonderful characters, and a terrific setting make Pulp Friction a must-read.

I do encourage you to read Apple Cider Slaying too so you can get to know these characters from the beginning.

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You can read my review of Apple Cider Slaying here.

 

About the Author

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. When she’s not creating new worlds and organizing the epic adventures of fictional characters, Julie can be found carpooling her three kids around Northeastern Ohio and plotting with her shamelessly enabling friends. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world. Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

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

Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan

About Mousse and Murder 

Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593100441
ISBN-13: 978-0593100448
Kindle ASIN: B07WCZPZY7

A young chef might bite off more than she can chew when she returns to her Alaskan hometown to take over her parents’ diner in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in an Alaskan tourist town.

 

When Chef Charlie Cooke is offered the chance to leave San Francisco and return home to Elkview, Alaska, to take over her mother’s diner, she doesn’t even consider saying no. After all–her love life has recently become a Love Life Crumble, and a chance to reconnect with her roots may be just what she needs.

 

Determined to bring fresh life and flavors to the Bear Claw Diner, Charlie starts planning changes to the menu, which has grown stale over the years. But her plans are fried when her head cook Oliver turns up dead after a bitter and public fight over Charlie’s ideas–leaving Charlie the only suspect in the case.

 

With her career, freedom, and life all on thin ice, Charlie must find out who the real killer is, before it’s too late.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts.

North to Elkview, Alaska, and the Bear Claw Diner. Chef Charlie Cooke has left San Fran behind to come home to manage her mother’s restaurant. She has many ideas for updating the menu but her head cook Oliver is not having it. When she proposes a change to their signature Bear Claw, he explodes and walks out. This is not the first time he has done that but it is the first time he doesn’t return. Turns out the man went and got himself murdered and because of the public tantrum Charlie is the prime suspect. With her entire life on the line, she knows she needs to find the real killer pronto!

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Growing up in a family diner I was so excited to read this and I am pleased to say Ms. Logan created great characters you could find in diners everywhere. The cooks, waitresses, families and truck drivers that come in to eat, and because this is set in Alaska tour groups that have come to see the sights. The core group of characters is just starting to develop but Charlie and her awesome cat,  Eggs Benedict (Benny) are in clear focus. Charlie is smart, hardworking, and dedicated to her new life at the diner. She also is a true cat lover using technology to interact with Benny while she is at work. There also may a romance blooming for Charlie.

The author also served readers with a generous supply of humor. The state trooper, Trooper, and Charlie’s best friend Annie have their moments and are two characters I want to get to know better.

The mystery grabbed me right away. It did have twists but there was a whiplash twist the really caught me by surprise. I had the culprit in mind pretty early but I really didn’t have a good reason, something just didn’t ring true for me. As the story continued, my choice faltered but was soon clear, and the big reveal was so rewarding.

I have to mention the food, it sounds so good! Cherry Cheesecake Mousse may become a family staple in this house.

The Alaskan Diner Mystery Series is off to an excellent start. Great cozy characters, a well-plotted mystery set in frozen tundra of Alaska. I can’t wait for November when Fishing for Trouble will be released.

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About Elizabeth Logan

Camille Minichino is turning every aspect of her life into a mystery series. A retired physicist, she’s the author of 28 mystery novels in 5 series, with different pen names. Her next book is “Mousse and Murder,” May 2020, by Elizabeth Logan. She’s also written many short stories and articles. She teaches science at Golden Gate U. in San Francisco and writing workshops around the SF Bay Area.  Details are at www.minichino.com.

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Coming in November

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Great Escapes Praise for Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan

Ms. Logan has created delightful characters and it was easy to admire Charlie. I especially loved her cat, Benny (nicknamed after Eggs Benedict!). Benny is a charming sidekick and the “Bennycam” and cat app games are brilliant additions providing a bit of humor.
~Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder

A fun cozy full of quirky characters in an enthralling setting that keeps you guessing as it all plays out making it hard to put down. Perfect for cozy fans. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Mousse and Murder is a carefree cozy mystery with moose meatloaf, a cavorting cat, suspicious siblings, a cold climate, and pleasing pastries.
~The Avid Reader

I think this is going to be a fun series . . . The cast of characters is small but complements the story . . . We enjoyed this book. . .
~Storeybook Reviews

Cute and well-layered, Mousse and Murder is a great start to a new cozy mystery series!
~Reading Is My SuperPower

Mousse and Murder is a fun cozy mystery in an unusual setting with a great cast of characters.
~Reading Reality

. . . this was a fun, interesting cozy mystery that started this series off with a bang. I definitely recommend this one to cozy mystery lovers.
~Carla Loves To Read

I really enjoyed reading Mousse and Murder and not just for the delightful setting. The main characters are well developed, and I even felt that I was at least acquainted with the side characters.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This was a quick and fun read, with characters that engaged me quickly. I admit that I solved the mystery before Charlie did, but that just upped the suspense for me.
~The Ninja Librarian

MOUSSE AND MURDER is a smart, well-plotted mystery that has everything I look for when starting not only a new book but a new series.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The book is the first of a new series. It is filled with charm, quirky characters and witty dialogue.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

Mousse and Murder is the first book in a new cozy mystery series set in a diner in Alaska . . . I enjoyed the mystery itself and I do like Charlie.
~Brooke Blogs

I love culinary mysteries and this was a great start to a new cozy series . . . Mousse and Murder was a sweet, fun cozy mystery.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

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May 8 – Reading Reality – REVIEW
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May 9 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – REVIEW
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May 10 – Socrates Book Reviews – REVIEW
May 10 – Brooke Blogs – REVIEW 
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New York, North Carolina, California!

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

Escapes Completed


Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery)
by Elizabeth Logan
Release Date – May 5, 2020
Setting – Alaska
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow.


Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – April 28, 2020
Setting – West Virginia
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – May 12, 2020
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
Release Date – May 8, 2020
Setting – New York
For Review


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

Future Escapes

May 11 – 17, 2020


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Happy Reading!!

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Happy Mother’s Day – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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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!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I grew up with a wonderful mom and married into having a fantastic mother-in-law and both inspired me so much. But today I am taking another route with this post. In this time of COVID 19, two other moms are inspiring me.

Kaden and Remington’s mom aka Daughter #1 works at a state-run facility for the behaviorally and intellectually disabled. A facility that was understaffed before the Coronavirus outbreak. She has been working double shifts or longer hours to work not only her shift but to fill in gaps when people are sick or have to stay home with their children. She is also homeschooling the boys with their dad and the boys don’t always make that easy. She also squeezes in all the other household chores and still finds time to take me for my chemo treatments. The girl has been burning the candle at both ends but her job is essential and she takes it very seriously.

Natalie’s mom is also an essential employee working at a grocery store, keeping the shelves stocked and helping people get the food they need. The store does it’s best to protect its employees but anyone who walks in could be a carrier and pass the virus around. She is homeschooling Natalie and helping her friends with daycare and other things they need. She also makes sure we don’t run out of any necessary items and I know she does that for her grandma, mom and sister too. She was one of the leaders at her store making masks for employees when this whole thing started. She is such a giving individual with a big heart and I know she is there for me no matter what.

I am so blessed to have these two strong dedicated women in my life and they are amazing moms. I wish them the happiest of Mother’s Days.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 4 – 9, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 – 2020

Tuesday – The Secrets of Bones: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery) by Kylie Logan #Review @StMartinsPress @KylieLoganBks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with A R Kennedy – Author of R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway

Friday – BOOK BLAST – A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson #Giveaway

Saturday – #FlashbackFriday (Saturday Edition) – Living the Vida Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery) by Melissa Bourbon #Review / #Giveaway

No New Books This Week.

I hope you have a week full of bliss and no stress!

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