Jun 292017
 

The House of Memory (Pluto’s Snitch)
Paranormal Historical Mystery/Suspense
2nd in Series
Setting – Alabama
Thomas & Mercer (June 27, 2017)
Paperback: 316 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1477819937
Kindle ASIN: B01NCIKAQX

 

Raissa James not only sees the dead but she’s caught the ears of the living—especially now that she’s solved her first case. Word of Pluto’s Snitch, her private-investigation agency specializing in the occult, has spread far and wide. It’s even come to the notice of Zelda Fitzgerald, the nation’s most celebrated flapper. And Zelda’s in need of its services.

Along with Reginald Proctor, her partner in detection, Raissa travels to Montgomery, Alabama, where Zelda’s friend Camilla has suddenly become prone to violent fits and delusions. Has Camilla gone mad…or has she been possessed?

Raissa and Reginald soon discover that Camilla’s not the only young lady in the area to fall victim to something unnatural. Now it’s up to the Snitches to follow the clues and save Camilla, locked away behind the walls of the formidable Bryce Hospital asylum. But the key to her rescue might not lie among the living at all. Because Raissa knows that the dead have their secrets, too.

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this second book of this series Pluto’s Snitch is called on by the famous Zelda Fitzgerald. She has asked partners Raissa James and Reginald Proctor to help her friend Camilla. After two unexplainable episodes Camilla’s mother has sent her to the Bryce Hospital asylum thinking that she has gone insane. Her mother gives permission of any and all treatment the will make her daughter docile enough to get married. Raissa and Reginald quickly find this is a difficult case that may involve many more young girls. Putting themselves in danger they are determined not only to save Camilla but as many other girls as they can.

The author takes us back to the roaring 20’s with flappers, prostitution, prohibition, possession, ghosts and more. A time when women were seen but not heard and many were treated a property. She even includes Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and Tallulah Bankhead in the story. The author brings true history into her stories making them very believable.

What makes the story so interesting is that Raissa has a gift. She can see and hear the dead. Sometimes what she sees is quite graphic and scary but she soldiers on to get the answers she seeks. She has dead people in her dreams too, sometimes they give her more questions than answers but they almost always move her investigation forward.  While Reginald cannot see spirits (yet) he is a critical thinker and has Raissa’s complete trust. Together they make a fine detective team.

Carolyn Haines is very descriptive in everything from the characters to the settings. She has to be for this story to be a success. Pictures were painted in my mind of both the human characters and the spirits. I could also clearly picture everywhere Raissa went from the Sayre house to the asylum.

There was evil at play in this story both in the living and the dead. The plot would make an excellent movie but it would be one I probably would watch peeking through my fingers over my eyes.

A fast read, hard to put down, a chilling story. You may want to read The Book of Beloved first to start this series from the beginning. I highly recommend both.

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About The Author

USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines has published over 70 books in a number of genres, both dark and light. She is an animal advocate and a former muckraking journalist. THE BOOK OF BELOVED, a Pluto’s Snitch mystery, is the first book in a new series. The latest book in the Sarah Booth Delaney series is ROCK-A-BYE BONES.

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Jun 232017
 


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.

Due to my husband being in the hospital my reading schedule got a little messed up so I didn’t get a book read for today.
But there is still going to be a giveaway!!

The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose
(Darling Dahlias Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Alabama
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 304 pages – (September 4, 2012)
ISBN-13: 978-0425247761
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages – (September 3, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-0425252260
Kindle ASIN: B007FEFLSU

National bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to the small town of Darling, Alabama, in the 1930s—and the Darling Dahlias, the ladies of a garden club who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty solving mysteries…

Just in time for the Confederate Day celebration, the Darling Dahlias are ready to plant Confederate roses along the fence of the town cemetery. Of course, Miss Dorothy Rogers, club member and town librarian, would be quick to point out the plant is in fact a hibiscus.

The Confederate rose is not the only thing that is not what it first appears to be in this small Southern town. Earle Scroggins, the county treasurer, has got the sheriff thinking that Scroggins’ employee Verna Tidwell (also the Darling Dahlias’ trusted treasurer) is behind a missing $15,000. But Darling Dahlias president Liz Lacy is determined to prove Verna is not a thief.

Meanwhile Miss Rogers has discovered her own mystery—what appears to be a secret code embroidered under the cover of a pillow, the only possession she has from her grandmother. She enlists the help of a local newspaperman, who begins to suspect the family heirloom may have larger significance.

With missing money, secret codes, and the very strange behavior of one resident, Darling, Alabama, on the eve of Confederate Day, is anything but a sleepy little town…

Includes Southern-Style Depression-Era Recipes

About This Author

Susan Wittig Albert is the New York Times bestselling author of four Prime Crime series: China Bayles, The Darling Dahlias, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and (with her husband, Bill Albert) the Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries. She also writes historical fiction. Recent titles: Loving Eleanor and A Wilder Rose. Her website: www.susanalbert.com

Books in this Series


Also by Susan Wittig Albert

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Sep 162015
 
cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Erika Chase is my guest today and I couldn’t be happier to welcome her back to Escape With Dollycas!

 

Erika ChaseBook Clubs by Erika Chase

Do you know the best thing about being in a book club? Did you think I’d say, the books? Well, it’s the people. Those terrific mysteries can be read any time and talked about over coffee or one afternoon during shopping therapy. But, if you’re lucky, it’s the people that make it special. And believe me, I hit the jackpot.

law and authorWe’ve been together for five books now. Law and Author is the most recent. And during that time, we’ve grown into family. Maybe it’s the camaraderie of sharing the books and of course, the cheese straws and other tasty treats. It also could be the, let’s see, I think it’s six bodies we’ve found and of course, gotten involved in tracking down the killers. You know, you just can’t let a murderer get away, especially when one of your friends is being unjustly accused.

In Law and Author, it’s not one of us though, who makes it to the top of the suspect list. It’s Bob Miller’s granddaughter. Bob’s the retired Police Chief and sweet on Molly Mathews, but I digress. His wife left him, taking their young daughter, many years ago. Seems his salary wasn’t enough to keep her in the manner she desired. They divorced, she married a banker with a fatter bank account, and never let Bob see his daughter again. Really mean spirited, I think.

But then with her demise, and the money tap shut off, Bob’s granddaughter, Darla, whom he never even knew existed, turns up on Molly’s doorstep looking for her granddaddy. The guys were away on a fishing weekend and were lucky this time, meaning we got to feast on fresh bass.

Next thing we know, Darla came back the next day for our barbecue and Molly invites her to stay, as in her house for many days. But then a body is found in the back yard, and all hell breaks loose. So, of course, we, being the book club, have to help out.

That’s what we do. Sure, we haggle over books, like Molly loves Agatha Christie while Bob wants a contemporary police procedural. Stephanie’s into more of the chick lit mysteries and Andie loves anything with Stephanie Plum doing the sleuthing. Sally Jo likes a little romance in hers while her main squeeze, Jacob, being a lawyer, likes law reads. That’s our group. Oh, just about forgot me. I’m pretty much on the same page as Sally Jo but maybe something with more of an edge.

Of course, we all agree on the Cheese Straws hence our name, the Ashton Corners Mystery Book Readers and Cheese Straws Society. Food for the brain and the stomach! Great combination.

I have a great idea. Why don’t y’all join us at the BBQ. Just meet up with us in chapter two of Law and Author. And remember to bring your appetite and a sunhat.

~Erika

You can find out all about Erika and her books on her webpage here.

law and authorLaw and Author
(Ashton Corners Book Club)

Cozy Mystery
5th Book in Series
Setting – Alabama
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (September 1, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425278208
E-Book ASIN: B00SI02DZO
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The author of Book Fair and Foul reconvenes the Ashton Corners book club to solve a murder in their own backyard . . .

Bob Miller, retired police chief and member of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, is stunned by the arrival of his twenty-one-year-old granddaughter, Darla, whom he has never seen. Bob has been estranged from his own daughter for decades and hopes to make up for his absence in Darla’s life. But some of the ladies of the book club find their Southern hospitality strained as they question the motives behind this sudden reunion.

After a dead man is found in Molly Mathews’s backyard, their concerns grow more serious. Lizzie Turner saw Darla arguing with the stranger the day before, but when the police question her, Darla proves to be an unreliable narrator. It’s up to the book club to uncover the real story . . . before another victim is written into the plot.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The guys are away on a fishing trip when Molly gets a visitor, a young woman claiming to be Bob’s granddaughter. When he and his wife split up she took their daughter and refused Bob any time he wanted to see her. He thinks maybe spending time with his granddaughter, Darla, could be his second chance. Then a dead man is found in Molly’s backyard and he may be connected to Darla. She may be the police’s prime suspect. This gets the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society in high gear. They need to find out more about Darla and the life she left behind to find Bob and if she really did know the man who was killed. It time to get to the bottom of her story.

I must be a doubting person because I would have questioned Darla’s story from the moment she arrived. Molly was far more welcoming and Bob much more accepting than I would have been. But then my love for this group of characters and my love of the chase to catch a killer took over and I was following the clues and where they led. Lizzie always gives me a few palpitations as she noses her way into places where others fear to tread.

The character that was my favorite this was Sally Jo. All she wants to do is plan her wedding but her mother has her own ideas. I can relate, been there, done that.

As always Erika gives us a wonderful mystery with plenty of diversions to throw us and the Society off the trail. The subplots are fun and interesting. I love the way the characters and their relationships continue to evolve and grow not only with each book but throughout each story.

Pluses for us book lovers –

  • Each chapter starts with a quote from another author’s book. Several of which I have read and reviewed.
  • There are Reading Lists for each character at the end of the story. They all like  a bit different type of stories.

We are a left with a “Oh My” moment that will have fans of the series wanting the next book as soon as possible.

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Feb 042015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Fry Another Day finally hit store shelves yesterday and it was well worth the wait!
Zoe Chase – owner of the Biscuit Bowl food truck is my guest today!

 Fry another day

An Update from the Sweet Magnolia Food Truck Race
By Zoe Chase – owner of the Biscuit Bowl food truck
From Fry Another Day
By J.J. Cook

We’re here in Atlanta – finally! The Sweet Magnolia Food Truck Race has been grueling so far. I was expecting some stiff competition from the other food trucks, but not the kind that comes with murder!

I have to tell you that Uncle Saul, Miguel, Ollie, Delia have worked as hard as I have to make sure things go right. It hasn’t been easy with competitors like Our Daily Bread, Stick It Here, Meggie’s Mushrooms, and Pizza Papa. They have really pushed us to our limits.

Plus the weird things the sponsors want us to do – making biscuits out of sweet potatoes, serving food on roller skates, and finding mystery food judges – have been a challenge.

But what could I expect from a food truck race from Charlotte, NC to my hometown of Mobile, Alabama? Ten food trucks trying to win the $50,000 grand prize that will change our lives!

Of course, the kiss Miguel and I shared could be a life-changer too!

I’m so hopeful to be the last food truck standing, and make sure Miguel knows how I feel about him. It’s an exciting time in my life. I hope you will share it.

See you on the road! Be sure to vote for the Biscuit Bowl!

Spiced Peaches
Spiced peaches were a hit for us during the food truck race. They aren’t hard to make, and have a cool, delicious zing!
Ingredients:

2 cups water
2 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon whole allspice
1 tablespoon whole cloves
4, 3 inch cinnamon sticks
2 pounds of peaches (about 10 medium)
You’ll also need one small square of cheesecloth.
Directions:
Mix sugar and water in a heavy saucepan.
Tie allspice and cloves in the cheesecloth. Add this, and the cinnamon sticks, to the water and sugar.
Cover and boil for 5 minutes.
Peel the peaches while the water and sugar are cooking. After the syrup is done boiling, remove cinnamon sticks and cheesecloth bag. Drop the peaches into boiling syrup, a few at a time
Simmer peaches until tender; about 5 minutes.
Delicious with vanilla ice cream!
~Zoe

I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

I just love this picture of Joyce and Jim

About The Authors

Joyce and Jim Lavene write award-winning, best selling mystery fiction as themselves, J.J. Cook, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Simon and Schuster along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family.

Author  Links 

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Joyce and Jim’s Facebook page

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J.J. Cook’s webpage

Fry another dayFry Another Day
(Biscuit Bowl Food Truck)

Cozy Mystery
Setting: Alabama
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (February 3, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Griesback & Martucci
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425263464
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK40W
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With a few loyal friends in tow—including her handsome attorney, Miguel, and her cat, Crème Brûlée—Zoe drives the Biscuit Bowl to Charlotte, North Carolina, to enter a nationally televised food truck race. The contest features challenges across the Southeast, and with a fifty-thousand-dollar grand prize, competition isn’t just fierce—it’s killer.

As everyone gears up for the first challenge, another food trucker from Zoe’s hometown is found dead. The race rolls on, but when the body count rises, police begin to suspect Miguel. Now Zoe must race to catch the killer before her attorney needs an attorney.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Road Trip! Zoe and the Biscuit Bowl crew have entered the Sweet Magnolia Food Truck Race. Ten food trucks from the Southeast are all vying to win $50,000. Sounds like fun and it is until one truck vendors is found dead. What everyone thinks was a crazy accident is soon ruled a murder and Zoe’s attorney friend Miguel seems to be a prime suspect. Now Zoe is after more than 1 prize. The $50,000 and finding the real killer. It couldn’t really be Miguel…could it?

Damn J.J. Cook has done it again! I couldn’t put this book down!

Zoe, Ollie, Uncle Saul, Delia, Miguel and even Zoe’s cat Crème Brûlée are all back and traveling around the Southeastern part of the United States serving up their deep fried bread bowls with some very tasty fillings all to win a prize that would get Zoe a huge step closer to opening up her own sit-down restaurant. They are up for any challenge including wearing roller skates or serving patrons during a torrential rain storm.

This story is just like a show you would see on the Food Network, well maybe not the murder, but you know what I mean. People will go on television and do just about anything for money. The author takes that and turns it sideways to include a murder mystery giving us an extremely entertaining read.

The characters are engaging and all have their idiosyncrasies that cozy readers love. I enjoyed traveling with them from North Carolina to Georgia and home to Alabama. Never a direct route, there was always a monkey wrench or two thrown in along the way. The challenges were interesting and the “seat of the pants” method of producing the show probably happens more often than television viewers realize.

Whether writing at J.J. Cook or their pseudonyms you can’t go wrong reading anything they write. They have something for everyone to love and always have a new book right around the corner. Happy Reading!

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Jan 142015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

This week our Wednesday is not so cozy! but I think you may enjoy this author!

Bette Lee Crosby writes The Wyattsville Series. I reviewed the first book, Spare Change, back in February 2013. I read the second book,Jubilee’s Journey last month as my Just For Fun book and I hope to writing that review soon. The third book Passing through Perfect comes out today and Bette wanted to visit today so I decided to have a Not So Cozy Wednesday. I would classify these books at Historical Fiction. I have loved all 3 of these books and look forward to reading many more of her books.

Please help me welcome Bette to Escape With Dollycas!

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?
by Bette Lee Crosby

Some books start with a title, some start with a story. I’ve written both kinds and I can honestly say there is no right or wrong way. Neither assures you that the book will be wonderful. The only way a writer can do that is by letting their heart loose to find purchase in words.

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Spare Change began with the title. I had part of the story in mind, but I knew that would be the title of the book; so I developed a scene to give meaning to the title. In that scene, Olivia has lost her husband and is trying to find her place in life. Canasta is the wise old woman she meets up with… now here is a small snippet of that scene:

* * *

See, sugar,” Canasta took Olivia’s hand in hers, “having a man crazy in love with you is like having your pocket full of money. When you got it you feel like a rich woman, but when you ain’t got it you start feeling poor as a church mouse.”
“That’s surely true,” Olivia nodded.
“Thing is, you ain’t.”
“I’m not?”
“Shoot, no. Making people think they can’t scrape up enough to buy a dime’s worth of happiness is the Devil’s doing. It’s his way of handing out heartaches. The Good Lord don’t do things that way. When he sees a person’s flat out of hope and feeling dead broke, He slips a bit of spare change into the bottom of their pocket. Not a lot maybe, but enough for them to get by.”

* * *
Passing_Through_Perfect_-_EbookWith Passing through Perfect, I didn’t have the title until the very end of the story and while I won’t spoil the book by sharing that scene here, I will tell you that we all pass through times of our life that are so absolutely perfect, we wish we could stay in the moment forever…unfortunately we can’t. But, you never know when the next “Perfect” is just around the corner.

About Bette Lee Crosby

Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby brings the wit and wisdom of her Southern Mama to works of fiction—the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away.

“Storytelling is in my blood,” Crosby laughingly admits, “My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write.”

Crosby’s work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. Since then, she has gone on to win numerous other awards, including The Reviewer’s Choice Award, FPA President’s Book Award Gold Medal and The Royal Palm Literary Award.

Her published novels to date are: Cracks in the Sidewalk (2009), Spare Change (2011), The Twelfth Child (2012), What Matters Most (2013), Jubilee’s Journey (2013), Previously Loved Treasures (2014) and Wishing for Wonderful (2014). She also authored “Life in the Land of IS” a memoir of Lani Deauville, a woman the Guinness Book of Records lists as the world’s longest living quadriplegic.

Crosby originally studied art and began her career as a packaging designer. When asked to write a few lines of copy for the back of a pantyhose package, she discovered a love for words that was irrepressible. After years of writing for business, she turned to works of fiction and never looked back.

Author Links:

Blog:   http://betteleecrosby.com

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3222582.Bette_Lee_Crosby

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Bette-Lee-Crosby/e/B005TLT1PK/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

iBooks:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bette-lee-crosby/id662962062?mt=11

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BetteLeeCrosby  @BetteLeeCrosby

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Bette-Lee-Crosby/284499021568642

Passing_Through_Perfect_-_Ebook
Passing through Perfect
(The Wyattsville Series) (Volume 3)

Historical Fiction
Setting: Alabama
Bent Pine Publishing – January 14, 2015
Paperback: 252 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996080347
E-Book ASIN: B00OPBFV68
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It’s 1946. The war is over. Millions of American soldiers are coming home and Benjamin Church is one of them. After four years of being away he thought things in Alabama would have changed, but they haven’t. Grinder’s Corner is as it’s always been—a hardscrabble burp in the road. It’s not much, but it’s home.

When Benjamin attends a harvest festival in Twin Pines, he catches sight of Delia. Before their first dance ends, he knows for certain she’s the one. They fall madly in love; happily, impatiently, imprudently, in love. It doesn’t matter that her daddy is staunchly opposed to the thought of his daughter marrying a cotton farmer, never mind a poor one.

It’s true Benjamin has little to offer; he’s a sharecropper who will spend his whole life sweating and slaving to do little more than put food on the table. But that’s how things are in Alabama. Benjamin is better off than most; he has a wife, a boy he adores, and a house that doesn’t leak rain. Yes, Benjamin considers himself a lucky man until the fateful night that changes everything.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I read this book last week and then watched The Golden Globes Sunday night and though I have not seen the movie Selma yet, I thought all three of these things tied together nicely. With what has been happening around the country civil rights are still a huge issue even after all these years since that march from Selma to Montgomery. Rap singer Common said this in his speech as the Golden Globes when he won the award for Best Musical Score,

The first day I stepped on the set of Selma, I began to think this was bigger than a movie. As I got to know people of the civil rights movement, I realized: I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote; I am the caring white supporter, killed on the front lines of freedom; I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was instead given a bullet; I am the two fallen police officers murdered in the line of duty. Selma has awakened my humanity.

 Bette Lee Crosby’s Passing through Perfect takes us to Alabama when people of color entered only through the back door of white people’s houses and had separate bathrooms and water fountains. A time when colored people were not allowed in most stores. We have come past those times or have we. We have elected an African American President, but a portion of the country, including some members of Congress that do not support him because his father was a black man. We still have people who are being judged by the color of their skin by the police, by employers, by their neighbors. They are also judged by their economic status no matter what color their skin is. People living in poverty are considered lazy and living for government handouts.

All these things are in Crosby’s book. Benjamin and Delia are both black. Benjamin is a farmer and a veteran. Delia’s father is a preacher. He believes Benjamin is not good enough from his daughter. Love doesn’t matter. Delia has to make a huge sacrifice to be with the man she loves. Then she sees the other side of life for people of color. Not every town in like her home town of Twin Pines. Grinder’s Corner is so small that they need to go to a bigger city for supplies and there are only a few places she and Benjamin are even allowed to enter. Even when Benjamin heads North and reaches Wyattsville everyone is not thrilled by his arrival. It even pits neighbor against neighbor.

Crosby has written a powerful and moving story. Every story I have read by this author has stayed with long past  the final word. There are spots that bring a smile and several that may cause you to shed a tear. Her characters are so engaging you immediately feel invested in their lives and you hope and pray they have better days ahead.

I also hope and pray that people today that are being judged and held back have better days ahead. That there will be income equality, a stronger middle class, less people living in poverty, great education everyone can afford and that we all have equal rights. We have come so far in so many ways but have taken great steps backward in others. I wonder what historical novels written about 2014 will say about equality. This book has really made me think about what future generations may have to say. What stories will a future Bette Lee Crosby write?

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Apr 022014
 

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Death On Eat Street
by J.J. Cook

death on eat street

Death on Eat Street
(Biscuit Bowl Food Truck)

A Brand New Cozy Series
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 1, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425263457
E-Book File Size: 1949 KB
ASIN: B00F9EZAUW
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Zoe Chase always wanted to own her own restaurant—but first, she’ll have to serve up a heaping helping of meals on wheels, with a side of mystery…

When she’s once again passed over for a promotion at work, Zoe decides to take the big leap and go for her dream. She quits, gives up her fancy digs, and buys a fixer-upper diner in a shady part of town. To keep above water during the renovation, she buys a used food truck to serve the downtown and waterfront of Mobile, Alabama.

Zoe starts to dish out classic Southern food—but her specialty is her deep-fried biscuit bowls that blow traditional bread bowls away.

After a promising start, things start to go downhill faster than a food truck without brakes. First, someone tries to rob the cash register. Next, Zoe is threatened by the owner of a competing food truck for taking their spot. And when the owner ends up dead inside Zoe’s rolling restaurant, Zoe and her sole employee, Ollie, find themselves hopping out of the frying pan into the fryer. They need to find the real killer, before both of them get burned.

(Recipes Included)

Dollycas’s Thoughts

For a great cozy series to be a success you have to have great characters that readers can get comfortable with and invest themselves in. J.J. Cook has introduced us to some truly wonderful characters in this new series.

Zoe is a leading character readers will fall for quickly. Passed over time and time again for jobs that went to men, men she had trained, she chucks the easy paycheck and goes after her dream. She wants to open a restaurant and to make enough money for that she starts out with a food truck selling some awesome biscuit bowls with delicious fillings.

Her parents, who are divorced, think she has lost her mind. Her mom is a bit over the top but her dad seems to understand but won’t stand up to his ex-wife. This couple plus her Uncle Saul  brings  much of the comedy to this story.

Then there is Zoe’s boyfriend that soon becomes her ex-boyfriend who may be banking smart but is relationship stupid.

Her friend Ollie has her back and helps out with the food truck. He is a homeless man she met at a shelter where she donates any food not sold at the end of the day. There is much more to his story and we just scratch the surface in this installment.

To top things off there is Miguel, the lawyer that comes to Zoe’s rescue more than once and makes her heart rate increase. I can’t wait to see how this relationship progresses.

And I mustn’t forget Crème Brûlée, Zoe’s fabulous feline. He plays a key role!

Added to this characters is a fantastic mystery. As the body count rises Zoe does her best to try to sort out the clues and find the real killer.

J.J. Cook has cooked up a real winner with this series debut. I read it all in one serving, I mean sitting. I could not put it down!!

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About J.J. Cook

J.J. Cook writes award-winning, bestselling mystery fiction as themselves, Joyce and Jim Lavene, and Ellie Grant. They have written and published more than 70 novels for Harlequin, Berkley, Amazon, and Gallery Books along with hundreds of non-fiction articles for national and regional publications. They live in rural North Carolina with their family. Visit them at www.jjcook.net.

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Aug 072013
 

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Today I am excited to welcome Erika Chase to Escape With Dollycas!

Erika ChaseHi Everyone!

I love writing cozies. I love reading cozies. And I love sharing cozies. I don’t necessarily mean lending a copy of a new find to a friend but rather, telling that friend she’s missing out on a great new read if she doesn’t try author X’s new book.

 In this day of social media trumps all, I still believe it’s the old-fashioned way that works best. You enjoyed reading a book, tell a friend. Or tell all your Facebook friends. Tweet it, also. The reader is the most important ingredient once that book hits the bookstands.

 I’m sure every author agrees that the hours and cost of doing promotion can be staggering. But that’s what it takes. Once you are writing a series, a certain amount of would-be writing time must now be dedicated to getting the word out about the latest book or the new series, even though the next deadline is already looming.

 The publishers are not doing this to any great extent any longer. It’s just not viable in this shrinking publishing industry. And so, the task must belong to the writer who has to make sure review copies reach the necessary people, order swag if that’s part of the promotional plan, organize a launch, appear as a guest blogger many times over, keep refreshing the author website, regularly post on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and whatever else works. Then there are the conventions to attend, the stores to buzz, the signings to arrange, the book clubs to visit, the libraries to check in with, and anything creative the author can devise.

 Believe me, that takes time. And yes, there’s still that next book that needs to be written.

 Don’t get me wrong…this isn’t a rant. I’m just stating facts and I enjoy every minute of it. But what it comes back to is the reader. And, I’m a reader. I always have a cozy or two on the go and I’m quick to tell friends when I’ve come across a keeper. And, I do have to be choosy these days as my shelf space is dwindling while my TBR pile grows higher.

That’s the lure of books. Seeing a stack just ripe for the picking, whether it’s on your nightstand or piled on the floor. Knowing that no matter what your mood, there’s a book that meets all your reading requirements at any given time.

If you like a book, love a series…tell a friend and hopefully, they’ll get hooked too and also spread the word. That’s a good way to ensure that cozies survive and thrive as publishers continue to evaluate their future directions. I do believe it’s a bright future for cozies. Just check out the attendance at Malice Domestic, Left Coast Crime or the Festival of Mystery held yearly by Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont, PA.  Look at the new titles put out monthly by Berkley Prime Crime, Obsidian, and the many other devoted publishers. In fact, look at the number of new small press coming on the scene. It’s reassuring and quite a delight for the reader.

When I’m not writing, I’m reading. Okay, maybe I’m also doing other things like cleaning the house, shopping for groceries, attending a dental appointment – that’s life intruding on pleasure. But I wait with eagerness for each month’s new releases, I’m sure I’m among the first to read the next book by my author friends, and I don’t hesitate to tell all who can hear or read, that I just loved that book.

I truly hope your reading is providing you with such delight that you’re also eager to spread the word. Because, readers rule! As do blogsites like Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book. Thanks, Lori for having such a great spot to meet with other readers.

Thanks Erika for dropping by and writing the stories for us to enjoy!!

 About Erika Chase

Erika Chase writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime. In a parallel life she is also known as Linda Wiken, a former mystery bookstore owner. The first in the book club series, A Killer Read, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel from the Malice Domestic conference in 2013. Linda/Erika is also a short story writer and a member of those dangerous dames, The Ladies’ Killing Circle. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada.  Find out more about Erika on her website.

Cover Story
(An Ashton Corners Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 6, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425252116
E-Book File Size: 1038 KB
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Murder is nothing novel for the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society—but this time the police want to throw the book at one of their own…

Teensy Coldicutt has moved back to Ashton Corners and reunites with her childhood friend Molly Mathews. Molly is very excited to have her friend back in town and thrilled to learn that Teensy has written book, a steamy novel. She quickly enlisted the help of the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society, the local book club, to plan a book signing tour to promote the book.

But there must be more to this sexy story than it appears because Molly is attacked and several boxes of Teensy’s books are stolen. Then the publisher of the book is murdered and fellow club member and former police chief Bob Miller is taken into custody. Why would a titillating novel written by an elderly widow draw such criminal attention? and what in the world could Bob have to do with it? Lizzie and her friends are determined to find out the rest of the story before the killer gets the chance to write someone else off…

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I love this series and adore all of the characters but Molly is my favorite. She is my kind of lady, nothing and no one stands in her way. In this story she even gets attacked and injured and she barely misses a step. Thankfully Lizzie knows how to handle/take care of her and does her very best to keep her safe. The Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straws Society group as a whole are all unique and real and a grand group of people. I would love to be a member of this group!

Erika Chase gives us quite a mystery to solve in this installment with the twists and turns that keep us guessing until the very end. This reader was very surprised with the way this one played out.

The author brings the book club feel by starting each chapter with a line from a popular mystery and includes the reading list of each book club member at the end of the book. I really enjoy seeing both current and past mysteries and their authors mentioned throughout the story. Like when the youngest member of the group is concerned about the killer blowing up Lizzie’s car to stop her from investigating, the other members try to steer her away from reading too much of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. It is touches like this that make the story so enjoyable.

Book Fair and Foul is the next title in this fun and entertaining series. I can’t wait for my next escape to Ashton Corners.
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Apr 252012
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!


I have been excited about this author and this series for months. A few months back I heard there was going to be a new mystery series featuring a book club. I haven’t belonged to a face to face book club for several years but I remember we talked about a lot of things that had nothing to do with books. Some evenings we never even talked about the book at all, but they were always fun and like the book club in this story food is a very important ingredient to any club that wants to be a success.

So grab a little snack and drink from the virtual buffet table and help me welcome Ericka to Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book! The cheese straws are very tasty.

Welcome Erika!

Hi Everyone!!

 

 

I’ve had a truly wonderful month, starting with the release of the first Ashton Corners Book Club mystery, A Killer Read on April 3rd. That’s quite a thrill, seeing your book cover on the web pages of the bookstores and hearing from readers that they’ve purchased it, are reading it, and heavens, even like it!

When a writer starts that journey from blank page to finished, edited manuscript there’s the constant question nagging away at the back of the brain – will anyone read it? Okay, two questions – and, will anyone like it? It’s a ‘pinch me’ moment when the feedback starts coming in.

Which truly points out that writing is all about being part of a community.

At my book launch last week, I met former neighbors, friends and family, former customers and writing colleagues, people I sang with and book club comrades. They’d all come out to help me celebrate one of the most important events in my life. And they’d been there all along, some actively supporting with words of reassurance, sometimes a good kick in the butt, and often some very skilled writing critiques. Others had taken part in this process just because they’d been a part of my life and though these were more subtle influences, they were still part of the entire package.

Readers are an important part of that community, because that is the bottom line to each publishing story. Does the reader enjoy the story? Do the readers want more?

Just as I write about a community, in this case a community of mystery readers in a book club, so I am part of many communities. And it’s the friendships that grow out of these that are so important in our lives.

In Ashton Corners, the book club friends enjoy sharing and comparing thoughts on the mysteries they read; support each other through their personal challenges; and of course, get down to the nitty gritty of sleuthing out a murderer! What could be a more bonding situation?

I enjoy visiting with this community of characters every day as their stories continue. The second in the series, Read and Buried will be out in December, 2012 and the third is almost ready to be sent off.

Books, friends and murder! Hope you’ll join us!

~Erika

Thank you so much Erika!! I am patiently waiting for the next installment.

A KILLER READ

A Killer Read (An Ashton Corners)
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
A Brand New Series!
Available Now!!

Welcome to the Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society hosted in Molly Mathew’s old Southern mansion.

The first meeting doesn’t go as planned when a stranger bursts through the door and demands to use the phone. He is later found dead in front of the house. Nobody knows who this man is or why he died in front of Molly home. The group is even more dumbfounded when they learn he was shot by an antique gun that belonged to Molly’s deceased husband.

Add to this confusion, a manuscript starts showing up a few chapters at a time in Lizzie Turner’s mailbox. Lizzie works for the school district as a reading specialist and it was her idea to start the book club. She never dreamed they would be solving mysteries instead of reading them.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
Erika has brought together a nice group of eclectic characters for this series and introduces them to us perfectly, laying the foundation for us to learn more in future stories. The plot is tight and full of twists that mislead the reader and I loved it!!!

While Lizzie is the main character and she is wonderful I really like Molly. She opens her house up to not only the book club but a literacy group and a tutoring program to keep her house “alive” since her husband passed away. She is also “a mover and a shaker in the community and truly one of the nosiest broads” around according to ex chief of police Bob Miller. She sounds like my kind of lady and the perfect character for a cozy mystery.

Each chapter has a sentence from a popular mystery as its header. You can’t go wrong with mood setters like those. The author also includes each of the book club members reading list at the end of the book. Both of these I guarantee will nourish readers appetites and add titles to your wish lists.

The is a super debut that would not only be great for a book club read but for all of us that like our mysteries on the cozy side. A Wonderful Who-Dun-It!!


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About This Author
Erika writes the Ashton Corners Book Club mysteries for Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime. In a parallel life Erika Chase is also known as Linda Wiken. A former mystery bookstore owner (Prime Crime Books in Ottawa, ON, Canada), Linda is also a short story writer. She is a member of those dangerous dames, The Ladies’ Killing Circle.

Her short stories have appeared in the seven Ladies’ Killing Circle anthologies (three of which she co-edited), and in the magazines Mysterious Intent and Over My Dead Body. She has been short-listed for an Arthur Ellis Award, Best Short Story, from Crime Writers of Canada.

Before life in the world of mystery, she worked as an advertising copywriter, radio producer, journalist and community education worker. Besides writing and reading mysteries, her other passion is choral singing and she is a member of two choirs.

Okay, maybe one more passion — chocolate!

She shares her house with Keesha and Mojo, her two Siamese cats. Actually, they allow her to live there.

To find out more check out http://www.erikachase.com/

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Apr 172012
 

This is my Just For Fun Read for April and I just had to share it with you! The second book in the series in also screaming from my To-Be-Read shelf.

The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree
The Darling Dahlias Mysteries
1st in Series
The Berkley Publishing Company
Published by The Penguin Group

Set in the Spring of 1930, the garden club of Darling, Alabama is celebrating the life of the founding member, Mrs. Dahlia Blackstone, by renaming their club in her honor.” Henceforth and forever, the would now as the Darling Dahlias.”

The club was also left the Blackstone home and gardens to use as their clubhouse. The home isn’t too large but the gardens have been written about in the Montgomery Advertiser and the Selma Times Journal. There is also a large cucumber tree in front and another in back of the house. Town librarian and Dahlia club member insists they be called by their proper Latin name, Magnolia acuminata, but they are now and will forever be cucumber trees to the people of Darling. Both the house and the gardens need work as Mrs. Blackstone health was failing she was unable to keep up with everything. Inheriting the home was totally unexpected by the group but they will do what they need to do to restore everything.

Life in Darling isn’t all a garden party though. A convict has escaped from a nearby prison, a car is stolen, there are rumors started about the local bank being in trouble and a ghost has been sighted digging in the backyard of the Dahlias new home. The Dahlias start digging themselves for information to see if the can get to the root of all these mysteries.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
While reading this I was struck at how similar life is today with what was going on in 1930. We keep hearing that this economic downfall is as bad as the “great depression”. This story shines a light on the struggles being faced then and it is glaring in the similarities being faced by people today.

The author has created wonderful characters that are each vastly different but come together through their love of gardening. They also come together to help each other when without the garden club they may not even be friends. We are introduced to each and learn how the fit together while they use their individual talents to solve a series of problems plaguing their beautiful town.

A wonderful debut to what I am sure will be a wonderful series. Susan is a very talented author and I would expect no less. This is the perfect time of year to curl up with the Darling Dahlias and their mysteries.


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About This Author
Susan Wittig Albert is the author of An Extraordinary Year of Ordinary Days, recently released by the University of Texas Press, and Together, Alone: A Memoir of Marriage and Place.

Her fiction, which has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, includes mysteries in the China Bayles series, the Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, and a series of Victorian-Edwardian mysteries she has written with her husband, Bill Albert, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige. Previous nonfiction includes What Wildness is This: Women Write About the Southwest (winner of the 2009 Willa Award for Creative Nonfiction); With Courage and Common Sense; Writing from Life: Telling the Soul’s Story; and Work of Her Own: A Woman’s Guide to Success Off the Career Track.

She is founder and past president of the Story Circle Network and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters.

Find out more at http://susanalbert.com/


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