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The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Cleo Coyle #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @CleoCoyle


The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

About The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait


The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Rhode Island
Publisher: Berkley (May 4, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0425251861
ISBN-13: 978-0425251867
Digital ASIN: B08274WCLM

Bookshop owner Penelope Thornton-McClure and her gumshoe ghost team up to solve the stunning mystery at the heart of a madwoman’s self-portrait in this all new installment from New York Times bestselling author Cleo Coyle.

 

While gathering a collection of vintage book cover paintings for a special event in her quaint Rhode Island bookshop, Penelope discovers a spooky portrait of a beautiful woman, one who supposedly went mad, according to town gossip. Seymour, the local mailman, falls in love with the haunting image and buys the picture, refusing to part with it, even as fatal accidents befall those around it. Is the canvas cursed? Or is something more sinister at work?

 

For answers, Pen turns to an otherworldly source: Jack Shepard, PI. Back in the 1940s, Jack cracked a case of a killer cover artist, and (to Pen’s relief) his spirit is willing to help her solve this mystery, even if he and his license did expire decades ago.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Penelope Thornton-McClure and her Aunt Sadie are getting their bookshop, Buy the Book, ready for a big event. A book signing with the authors of a new book featuring Pulp Fiction covers from the past. As a bonus for the event, a local collector of the vintage covers is lending the shop some of his collection. Pen and her friends Seymour and Professor J. Brainert Parker travel to pick up the artwork. When they arrive Seymour becomes enamored with a portrait of a young Harriet McClure who just happens to have been related to Pen’s late husband. The painting is said to be cursed but that doesn’t stop Seymour from buying it. Strange events start to happen shortly after the purchase but are shaken off as coincidence. Then the previous owner is found dead and the ghostly private eye Jack Shepard tells Pen he has a history with one of the pieces of art and he offers to help her solve the current case.


If you love old movies you are going to love this story. Even the current mystery had an old-timey feel due to the theme of vintage cover art. As soon as we meet Walt Waverly and enter his  “sprawling Tudor home” and his library where he displays “a lot of” his art I felt we stepped back in time. The author describes everything in detail even the doorknobs “covered with a patina of green from age and neglect” and the “pristine condition” of his rare books and the Nathan Brock cover painting from 1948 that even got Jack’s attention.  The words put the readers right there on the scene observing each and every moment. I was captivated by the entire experience.

Then with the P.I.’s mysterious way we actually travel back in time to tackle one of his old cases that was linked to that Nathan Brock cover. Again I was intrigued by the whole process and how those experiences helped Pen solve the current mystery. The way Pen and Jack communicate is very interesting but eerie too.

The story sheds a light on corruption in publishing and scams. Authors and artists are both affected. While this was not a new concept to me I felt educated by what happened to a couple of characters in this story.  The old adage, “if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is” definitely applies.

I absolutely loved the ending. Yes, the killer was revealed but so much more happens to bring things full circle. I can’t say more, you need to read the book yourself.

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait is an exciting addition to this great series.  I am looking forward to the next adventure with Pen and her ghost gumshoe detective.

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About Cleo Coyle

Cleo Coyle – Alice Alfonsi – Marc Cerasini

CLEO COYLE is a pseudonym for Alice Alfonsi, writing in collaboration with her husband, Marc Cerasini. Both are New York Times bestselling authors of the long-running Coffeehouse Mysteries—now celebrating eighteen years in print. They are also authors of the nationally bestselling Haunted Bookshop Mysteries, previously written under the pseudonym Alice Kimberly. Alice has worked as a journalist in Washington, D.C., and New York, and has written popular fiction for adults and children. A former magazine editor, Marc has authored espionage thrillers and nonfiction for adults and children. Alice and Marc are also both bestselling media tie-in writers who have penned properties for Lucasfilm, NBC, Fox, Disney, Imagine, and MGM. They live and work in New York City, where they write independently and together.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia!

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

Escapes Completed

Thanks to a blasted head cold I had a horrible reading week 😥


Treasure Most Deadly: (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – April 28, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Escape

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

Release Date – May 4, 2021
Setting – Rhode Island
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Scandal in Scarlet (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read!
Plus May Mini Challenge for Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.


Deadly Ever After – A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
For Review


Peaches and Schemes: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

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May 2 – May 8, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Florida, and Rhode Island!

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

Escapes Completed


Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – August 11, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Dial A for Aunties
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – California
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Southern Sass and a Battered Bride (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – April 15, 2021
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

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Treasure Most Deadly: (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – April 28, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

Release Date – May 4, 2021
Setting – Rhode Island
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Georgia, and Pennsylvania!

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

Escapes Completed


A Death Long Overdue: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date October 6, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review 


Shredding the Evidence (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
by Daryl Wood Gerber
Release Date – April 21, 2020
Setting – California
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Shrimply Dead (A Seafood Caper Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint
Release Date – April 12, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Lemon Drop Dead (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Ohio
My Review will be up on Thursday! 

Current Escape


Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – August 11, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Dial A for Aunties
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – California
For Review


Southern Sass and a Battered Bride (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – April 15, 2021
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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April 18 – 24, 2021 


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Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by Krista Davis Early #Review @BerkleyMystery


Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th In Series
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: Berkley (April 6, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 045149170X
ISBN-13: 978-0451491701
Kindle ASIN: B0838KLBG1

A pet detective on the hunt for a prominent pooch is found dead, and inn owner Holly Miller has to sort through her guest list for suspects in this all new Paws & Claws mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.

The ladies of the Wagtail Animal Guardians, WAG for short, are in town for a pet adoption charity ball, and Holly is making sure to roll out the red carpet for her special guests. She and her furry best friend Trixie are busy keeping the WAG ladies happy and preparing for the ball when they learn that a retired judge has lost his prized pup.

The venerable citizen has hired a pet detective who has some personal ties to Holly’s new guests. His presence ruffles some feathers, and when the PI is found DOA not long before the ball, Holly wonders if one of the WAG ladies had a motive for murder. To make matters worse, some pet-loving guests of the ball nearly suffer the same deadly fate. Holly and Trixie will have to sniff out the clues and leash a callous killer before they strike again….

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Wagtail, Virginia just in time for the  ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ Pet Adoption Ball being thrown by the Wagtail Animal Guardians or WAG for short. The ladies and their pets have all checked in at the Sugar Maple Inn and Holly, Oma Liesel, Zelda, Mr. Huckle, Gingersnap, Twinkletoes, and Trixie are making them all feel welcome. But they are concerned about another precious pup. The Geman Shepherd of a local retired recently widowed judge is missing. His housekeeper has called in a pet detective but before he can return the dog to the judge, Trixie, Holly’s rescue dog who has a habit of finding dead bodies, finds a dead pet detective. It seems the detective has connections to several WAG members.  There are also several strange things happening that put other lives in peril. It’s time for Holly and Trixie to find out what the heck is going on including who killed the pet detective.


I absolutely love the pet-friendly town of Wagtail. With a new puppy in the house, who we love to take everywhere with us, Wagtail would be a perfect vacation spot. Even a dead body or two is an issue because I love a good mystery and would do anything I could to help Holly crate a killer.

The core group of characters, human, canine, and feline, are so cleverly crafted. They all have huge hearts and love catering to their guest’s needs and having Wagtail become a great tourist destination. They are all engaging and genuine. I get such a kick of Holly jumping on a golf cart and being quickly followed by Trixie and sometimes Twinkletoes. The pets are not just window dressing they are vital to the story.

We are introduced to several new characters and their pets. I love that Ms. Davis knows this may be confusing at first so she graciously includes a complete list of characters before the story begins. The WAG ladies are a diverse group with their own issues and secrets. They spend a lot of time together and know each other’s quirks and how to work best together but even they don’t know all of each other’s secrets. The judge and his housekeeper also play prominent roles. They also have issues and secrets.

The story unfolds at a very fast pace with subplots tightly tangled with the main mystery/s. There is truly a plethora of suspects with a variety of motives. Twists and turns muddied my thinking several times and just when I thought I had the killer leashed another twist sent me off in another direction and still I was barking up the wrong tree. I was gobsmacked when everything was revealed. The author plotted out a fantastic mystery.

In addition to the marvelous characters and the mysteries they were wrapped in the Sugar Maple Inn serves up a menu of delicious food for its guests. The pet-friendly versions are really interesting and thought-provoking. We don’t prepare special meals for our pooch but there are some great easy-to-make options included in this book. I just may have to try some of them out. A pet cookbook with the recipes from this series would be fun.

Big Little Spies is a delightful addition to this series. The title truly fits. I do get a little melancholy when I reach the final page of books in this series because I really enjoy spending time with these characters. I can’t wait to return to Wagtail. This visit ended much too soon.

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About The Author 

New York Times Bestselling author Krista Davis writes the Paws and Claws Mysteries set on fictional Wagtail Mountain, a resort where people vacation with their pets. The first book in the series is the New York Times Bestselling Murder, She Barked. Krista also writes the Domestic Diva Mysteries and the Pen & Ink Mysteries. Like her characters, Krista has a soft spot for cats, dogs, and sweets. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with dogs, cats, and a hidden stash of chocolate.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Scotland and Virginia!

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

Escapes Completed


Shucked Apart (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – Maine
Review will be up soon! 


Truffles and Tragedy: A Down South Cafe Mystery
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – March 16, 2021
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Boarding with Murder
by Kathryn Long
Release Date – March 9, 2021
Setting – California 

Current Escape


A Waffle Lot of Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Florida
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Scotland


Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Virginia

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Future Escapes

March 21 – 27, 2021 


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A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @abbyvandiver


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Game of Scones


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2021)
Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0593099680
ISBN-13: 978-0593099681
Digital ASIN: B089S6SPKB

In this charming mystery series set in an ice cream shop, no case is too cold to crack!

 

Bronwyn Crewse is delighted that Crewse Creamery, the ice cream shop her family has owned for decades, is restored to its former glory and serving sweet frozen treats to happy customers in the picturesque small town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. But when a big city developer comes to town intent on building a mall, a killer with a frozen heart takes him out.

 

After literally stumbling across the body, one of Win’s closest friends becomes the prime suspect, and to make things worse, Win’s aunt has come to town with the intention of taking command of Crewse Creamery. Even though Win has a rocky road ahead to help her friend and keep her ice cream shop, it’ll take more than a sprinkle of murder to stop her from solving the crime and saving the day.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

We are back in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the family-owned Crewse Creamery now managed by Bronwyn (Win) Crewse. She has really turned the business around with fresh and unique ice cream flavors, but her aunt is back in town with her own ideas for the shop and plans to push Win out. Bronwyn and other Chagrin Falls business owners also have a huge new concern. A developer has come to town with plans to buy up all the stores and businesses and erect a high-rise mall on the town triangle. Win’s friend and former co-worker Rory has also come to town on a mission to lure Win back to her old job with a big raise and more benefits.

The community is up in arms about the mall. So much so, someone killed off the developer. The police are investigating but it is Rory that lands on the top of the suspect list when she reveals she is the one that found the body and a key piece of evidence belongs to her. She has no motive and claims she didn’t kill the man and Win believes her friend. Now they just have to find the real killer and clear Rory’s name.


I love ice cream and mysteries so this story was perfect for me!

Ms. Collette has written a strong leading lady in Bronwyn Crewse. She took a real chance leaving her career in the big city behind to come home and revive the family ice cream parlor. She has some great ideas and seems very happy with her decision. I love the relationship she has with her PopPop. They meet bright and early every day for breakfast before she heads off to create the yummy ice cream flavors of the day. He then shows up and spends several hours at the shop visiting with customers, keeping an eye on things, and giving Win advice as needed. She has a few employees but her crazy friend Maisie and friend Rita, also help out when they can. When it comes to sleuthing Maisie and Riya are Win’s sidekicks. Maisie comes up with the most outrageous ideas and theories. She has learned everything about solving mysteries from watching every television drama out there, making her an “expert”. She is a real hoot and a half. These core characters are so well crafted.  Diverse and engaging, with very believable family dynamics, these are characters I love after just 2 books in the series.

Readers are introduced to several new characters including Win’s friend from New York, Rory. She was welcomed into the family immediately. A true coffee connoisseur, it was so funny to follow her on her quest to find the perfect cup in the small town of Chagrin Falls. I really liked this character and the way she evolved over the course of the story. I hope she pops up again in future books.

The mystery itself was very complicated with a lot of characters involved. I was using the notes feature on my Kindle to keep everyone straight. Even using that feature I was unable to solve the case before all was revealed. The developer wanting to revitalize the downtown area is a current-day hot topic many communities are facing.  Thankfully most handle it without murder 🙂

A Game of Cones is a great addition to this series and a great escape. I am already packed for my next mini vacay to Chagrin Falls. My only complaint is that the book doesn’t come with free ice cream samples to devour while we are reading. You may want to pick up a pint or two before you start the book.

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About Abby Collette

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette, is a hybrid author who has penned more than twenty-five books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. Books one and two, A Deadly Inside Scoop and A Game of Cones, from her latest cozy series, An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery, published by Penguin Berkley, is out now.

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Great Escapes Praise for A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

I love the diverse characters, spanning a variety of ethnicities and cultures, and the combination of several different, strong (and quirky) personalities. I also love that it’s set in a Black owned business in a charming small town – and the yummy ice cream Win creates doesn’t hurt either!
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I loved the plot. The characters were all engaging and funny in their own right. They all complemented each other.
~Lori for Novels Alive

A Game of Cones is equal parts murder mystery and family drama, with a healthy sprinkle of humor. Colette’s cast of ethnically and age diverse characters are quirky and interesting, and the setting is appealing . . .
~Book Club Librarian

The plot and storyline were easily read making this one a page-turner.
~My Reading Journeys

 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, New Hampshire, and Georgia!

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

Escapes Completed


Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery
by Vivien Chien
Release Date – March 9, 2021
Setting – Ohio
My Review will be up tomorrow. 

Long Island Iced Tina (A Catering Hall Mystery)
by Maria DiRico
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Wednesday!


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – March 2, 2021
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


In the Drink (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 28, 2015
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Win
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 16, 2021
Setting – New York
For Review


Hop ‘Til You Drop (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
Release Date – March 9, 2021
Setting – New Hampshire
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder by Page One: A Peach Coast Library Mystery
by Olivia Matthews
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

March 7 – 13, 2021


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Cozy Wednesday featuring Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am excited to share my thoughts on Laura Childs’ new Tea Shop Mystery, Haunted Hibiscus!


Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs

About Haunted Hibiscus


Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
22nd in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Publisher: Berkley (March 2, 2021)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 0451489691
ISBN-13: 978-0451489692
Kindle ASIN: B089S6MFBH

Tea maven Theodosia Browning brews up trouble in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

 

It is the week before Halloween and Theodosia Browning, proprietor of the Indigo Tea Shop, and her tea sommelier, Drayton, are ghosting through the dusk of a cool Charleston evening on their way to the old Bouchard Mansion. Known as the Gray Ghost, this dilapidated place was recently bequeathed to the Heritage Society, and tonight heralds the grand opening of their literary and historical themed haunted house.

 

Though Timothy Neville, the patriarch of the Heritage Society, is not thrilled with the fund-raising idea, it is the perfect venue for his grandniece, Willow French, to sign copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers.

 

But amid a parade of characters dressed as Edgar Allan Poe, Lady Macbeth, and the Headless Horseman, Willow’s body is suddenly tossed from the third-floor tower room and left to dangle at the end of a rope. Police come screaming in and Theodosia’s boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, is sent to Willow’s apartment to investigate. But minutes later, he is shot and wounded by a shadowy intruder.

 

Timothy begs Theodosia to investigate, and shaken by Riley’s assault, she readily agrees. Now, she questions members of the Heritage Society and a man who claims the mansion is rightfully his, as well as Willow’s book publisher and her fiancé, all while hosting a Sherlock Holmes tea and catering several others.

 

But the Gray Ghost holds many secrets, as do several other key suspects, while this murder mystery plays out on the eve of Halloween.

 

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s almost Halloween in Charleston, South Carolina and Theodosia and Drayton are excited to check out the literary and historical themed haunted house at the old Bouchard Mansion, also known as the Gray Ghost. The Heritage Society was recently bequeathed the place and thought the event would be a great fundraiser. In addition to the haunting characters Willow French, grand-niece of Timothy Neville, head of the Society is signing copies of her new book, Carolina Crimes & Creepers.

It’s opening night and the place is packed then screams ring out. Drayton and Theodosia rush outside to see young Willow hanging from a rope outside a 3rd-floor window. The police arrive and Detective Pete Riley, Theodosia’s boyfriend, is almost immediately sent to check out Willow’s apartment for clues to her death. He barely arrives and a shot is fired. Riley is hit and the shooter escapes.

Theo is beside herself worrying about Riley but when she is pressed to investigate by Willow’s great uncle she can’t say no. There are a lot of events planned at the Indigo Tea Shop but she knows with a little help from her friends she can find time to interview the growing number of suspects and do some general snooping. Heck, who wouldn’t want to search a creepy old house for clues so close to Halloween. Theo just hopes she isn’t the killer’s next victim.


I made the mistake a while back and got behind on this series. I will never make that mistake again. Now I anxiously await each new installment eager to see what Theo, Drayton, and Haley are up to. Ms. Childs never disappoints. This story did have a trigger moment for me but I was forewarned and I passed over that section quickly. My heart just broke for Willow and her family.

Opening this book I felt like I was visiting old friends. I settled right in with these lively characters and they took me on quite a journey. I love that even after 22 stories these characters are still fresh and continue to evolve. That is not an easy feat for an author. She also introduces some compelling new characters/suspects who all seem to be hiding something. Even the old Brouchard Mansion becomes a pseudo character as it has some secrets of its own.

The mystery is so well-written. Clever clues are filtered through all the twists and turns. My thinking was diverted so many times I gave up on counting. I certainly didn’t figure out whodunit until all was revealed and that is due to the author’s brilliant writing style. Ms. Childs words set the scene and everything that happens in great detail. Every page came alive in my mind’s eye. She even had my stomach growling with all the food descriptions.

Haunted Hibiscus was a very entertaining read with engaging characters. Riley and Theo’s relationship always makes me smile. Fans of this series with be delighted with this story full of Southern charm and suspense, humor, and romance all in perfect amounts. But if you are new to this series, don’t hesitate to pick up this book. Laura Childs writes this book to be easily read and enjoyed all on its own. I can’t promise you won’t want to go back and read the rest.



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About Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop MysteriesScrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fundraising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Ohio and New York!

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

Escapes Completed


Haunted Hibiscus (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – March 2, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week.


Gone Astray
by Terry Korth Fischer
Release Date – February 15, 2021
Setting – Nebraska
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Fruit Baskets and Holiday Caskets: A Down South Cafe Mystery
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – September 18, 2020
Setting – Virginia
My Flashback Friday Read! 

Scheduled Escapes


Fatal Fried Rice: A Noodle Shop Mystery
by Vivien Chien
Release Date – March 9, 2021
Setting – Ohio
For Review

Long Island Iced Tina (A Catering Hall Mystery)
by Maria DiRico
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!


A Game of Cones (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – March 2, 2021
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

February 28 – March 6, 2021


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