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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #30 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California and Maryland!

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

Escapes Completed


Body Over Troubled Waters: A Cozy Mystery
(Welcome Back to Scumble River)

by Denise Swanson
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – Illinois
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Dead as a Duck
by Colleen J. Shogan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 14, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
My Review will be up Thursday! 

Scheduled Escapes


Much Ado about Nauticaling (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery)
by Gabby Allan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Skein of Death (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – June 1, 2021
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

I need to select a Flashback Friday book!

Future Escapes

July 25 – 31, 2021


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Cozy Wednesday featuring The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery) by Diane Kelly #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery @DianeKellyBooks


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to feature The Moonshine Shack Murder today!

The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly

About The Moonshine Shack Murder


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Publisher: Berkley (July 6, 2021)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0593333225
ISBN-13: 978-0593333228
Digital ASIN : B08KPKD22T

In this intoxicating new cozy mystery series, the future for modern-day moonshiner Hattie Hayes looks bright–until death darkens the doorstep of her Moonshine Shack.

 

The Hayes family has made moonshine in Chattanooga since the days of Prohibition, and Hattie is happy to continue the tradition, serving up fun, fruity flavors in mason jars for locals and tourists alike. All signs indicate her new ‘shine shop will be a smashing success. What’s more, mounted police officer Marlon Landers has taken a shine to Hattie. For the first time ever, the stars seemed to have aligned in both her work and romantic life. But when a body ends up on her store’s doorstep alongside a broken jar of her Firefly Moonshine, it just might be lights out for her fledgling business.

 

The homicide detective can’t seem to identify the person who killed the owner of a nearby bar. The only witness is Hattie’s longhaired gray cat, and Smoky isn’t talking. When the detective learns that the victim and Hattie had a heated exchange shortly before his murder, she becomes her prime suspect.

 

Lest Hattie end up behind bars like her bootlegging great-grandfather a century before, she must distill the evidence herself and serve the killer a swift shot of justice.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hattie (love that name, it was my grandma’s) Hayes comes from a long line of moonshiners and now she is keeping the tradition alive with The Moonshine Shack where she will sell her grandfather’s shine along with her own brand with fruity flavors. She hopes her “Shack” and her “Shine” will be a hit with tourists and locals.

Hattie holds a grand opening party where she meets the tavern owner from across the street. She thought she had him convinced to carry her “shine” but when she goes to deliver his first order he backs out of the deal. Then a few nights later he is found dead on the Shack’s porch with a smashed jar of her moonshine nearby. She was upset by his deceit but she would never have killed the man. The only witness appears to be Hattie’s cat but he isn’t talking so she becomes the homicide detective’s #1 suspect. Officer Landers is on her side and tries to help her distill the evidence to clear her name and put the real killer behind bars.


Ms. Kelly has given her new Southern Homebrew Mystery a fantastic start. I liked these characters immediately, okay I loved her grandfather. He leaves the senior home every day to help her out at the store. When the customers are scarce he sits in the rocker on the front porch and whittles the cutest little animals. He also takes a nap here and there and there is a scene that had me giggling and you will too. I love the close relationship he has with his granddaughter. He is so proud of her for carrying on the family tradition. She is smart and savvy and knows how to market her product. Those characteristics come in handy when trying to sleuth out a killer.

Hattie has her two besties helping her out too but one is due to have a baby any day so that means she will have less time to help out. Officer Landers is such a nice man and good at his job. He takes a special interest in keeping Hattie safe and his horse is adorable. I love that this relationship is taking a romantic turn. Marlon and Hattie’s families have a history but I don’t think some old feud will come between them. I also approve highly of Hattie bringing her kitty Smoky to the shop each day. Seeing him lying in the window in the sunshine each day gives the place a real homey feel.

The mystery is very well-plotted and it quickly becomes apparent that the former barkeep has his fair share of enemies which really opened up the suspect pool. Some of his employees/girlfriends rank high on Hattie’s list but a local lawyer and other shopkeepers and a certain restaurant owner all had motives to kill the man. Hattie works hard to pare down the suspects and catch the killer because when the case wraps she has a special event she is looking forward to. I did enjoy the way she did her investigating but I took a shine to one person early on and never eliminated them. Sure I missed something I was surprised by how the ending played out and that I actually picked the right character.

As I said this series is off to a fantastic start. The location is ideal and the characters are interesting. I am excited because the author has just scratched the surface and can take this series in so many directions. I want to get to know all the characters better. I can’t wait to return to Chattanooga and The Moonshine Shack for a sample or two and whatever trouble Hattie gets herself wrapped up in.

The Moonshine Shack Murder was a pure pleasure to read and I enjoyed it very much.

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About Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly writes stories that feature feisty female lead characters and their furry, four-footed friends. Diane is the author of over 30 novels and novellas, including the Death & Taxes, Paw Enforcement, and House Flipper mystery series. In 2021, she’ll launch two new series, the Southern Homebrew moonshine series and the Mountain Lodge Mysteries.

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Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell #Review @BerkleyMystery @DavidBellNovels

Kill All Your Darlings
Psychological Thriller
Setting – Kentucky
Berkley (July 6, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 416 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593198662
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593198667
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MBPPXC3

When a student disappears and is presumed dead, her professor passes off her manuscript as his own—only to find out it implicates him in an unsolved murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of The Request.

After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.

There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.

Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript.

This is a suspenseful, provocative novel about the sexual harassment that still runs rampant in academia—and the lengths those in power will go to cover it up.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this David Bell thriller English professor Connor Nye is still grieving the loss of his wife and child while the college is pushing the “publish or perish” mantra. A couple of years ago one of his students disappeared right after turning in her novel thesis. The man clearly was not thinking rationally when he submitted the student’s book for publication as his own. Then he gets a major surprise after the book is released – the student has returned and she gives him an ultimatum. If he doesn’t give her what she wants she vows to expose him and blow up his life. Then things get worse when the police arrive at his door questioning him about an unsolved murder that happened exactly like the murder in his book. So he has a huge decision, out himself, admitting he didn’t write the book and face unemployment or stick to the lie and try to convince the police of his innocence. As he ponders his decision another person is murdered and he starts to dig into the deaths himself and uncovers some surprising connections that all seem to lead back to the college.


Each year I anxiously await David Bell’s next book and as always he has created a very complicated mystery.

Again he introduces readers to some very interesting characters. I really wanted to like Connor Nye and pull for him. I understand the sudden loss of a loved one and losing two people you love has to be twice as hard, but he made a horrible decision. A decision that truly had me questioning his intelligence. It was bad enough to submit that novel as his own but was crazy stupid to submit that novel without changing a single word. Change some names. Change some locations. Make even just a little bit of effort just to give yourself a chance. Even if had not been ripped from an actual murder, even a much less educated person would have changed something.

I did feel for Madeleine almost immediately because I knew there was more to her story. She was so close to graduating when she disappeared. I really needed to know her involvement in the traumatic events that happened in her book especially when we learned it pertained to an actual murder.  Was she responsible or did she just see something she shouldn’t? Was it a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time or was she actively investigating the murder?

Telling the story from each of the character’s points of view and going back and forth in time really gave the story depth and the pages rapidly turning. Another student enters the narrative later as events start to get even more disturbing. Because of the way the author presented the book, there are some repetitive passages but it didn’t really detract too much from the flow.

This mystery really takes a real warped journey before it wraps up. As Connor continues to struggle he continues to make bad decisions. Bell has always used supporting characters to move the story along and he does that here in a compelling way. He also shines a light on the pains and pressure of academia and the ways it pushes both professors and students and the ugly underbelly that can arise when stress takes over.

Kill All Your Darlings was a thriller that kept me entertained and had me physically moving to the edge of my seat a couple of times. David Bell continues to be one of my favorite authors in this genre. I am excited to see what he will bring his readers next summer.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #27 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Virginia, Michigan, and Washington D.C.!

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

Escapes Completed


Kill All Your Darlings
by David Bell
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Kentucky
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – Wyoming
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Mountain View Murder: A Retired Detective Novel
(A Wintergreen Mystery)

by Patrick Kelly
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – June 17, 2021
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Weaver’s Revenge
by Kathleen Ernst
Cozy Mystery
11th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin/Michigan
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Question Is Murder
by Mark Willen
Political Fiction
Release Date – May 14, 2021
Setting – Washington D.C.
For Review

Future Escapes

July 4 – 10, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #26 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Wyoming!

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

Escapes Completed


It Takes Two to Mango: A Tropical Island Cozy Mystery
by Carrie Doyle
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Caribbean Island
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Beauty Expos Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – New Jersey
My Review will be up Thursday! 


Dead, White, and Blue (The Juniper Junction Holiday Mystery Series)
by Amy M. Reade
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Kill All Your Darlings
by David Bell
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Kentucky
For Review


The Moonshine Shack Murder (A Southern Homebrew Mystery)
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – July 6, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – Wyoming
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!

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June 27 – July 3, 2021 


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#FlashbackFriday – Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mysteries) by Allyson K. Abbott #Review / #Giveaway

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.


Shots in the Dark (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kensington (July 26, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496701704
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496701701
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B017G7HDZE

For Mack and her barfly allies, solving homicides calls for equal parts instinct and wit. To strain out a crafty criminal, the mixture has got to be absolutely perfect . . .

It’s a week before Christmas, but Milwaukee bar owner Mackenzie “Mack” Dalton is hardly in good spirits. Chilled to the core by the murder of bouncer Gary Gunderson, Mack is determined to use her extra perceptive senses to identify the gunman responsible. Did Gary’s patchy past brew up some fatal trouble, or could his death be linked to a series of cryptic letters concocted by Mack’s anonymous adversary? With a second case to crack, innocent lives at stake, and a media frenzy in their midst, Mack and her barstool detectives have little time to mull over the grim details—especially when clues lead dangerously close to home . . .

Includes drink recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Mack’s holiday is not going to be happy until she ends the letter writer’s reign of terror and they are held responsible for the death of her employee Gary Gunderson. While she awaits the next letter and nurses her broken leg she and her fellow barstool detectives agree to look into another case where an innocent man may be serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Can her unique gift of Synaesthesia help break the case wide open?


What I love about this series is the cast of characters the author has created. Everyone has Mack’s back. Her employees keep the bar running while she sleuths out killers. Her relationship with Detective Duncan Albright is in flux because of a case they worked together and the letter-writing criminal has forbidden her to be in contact with the police specifically Detective Albright but they still manage a few meetings. Undercover cop Mal is posing as her boyfriend to help her with both cases but they are clearly developing feelings for each other. The Capone Club, a group of patrons that love to solve mysteries work so well together even when this time a new person is added to the group. Every character is distinct and has a purpose in the story. Their unique talents are used in many ways. They are also very believable and you could find people like them in any Wisconsin bar. They may not all have a group like the one at Mack’s bar but gossip, crime, and current news can all be topics mused over with a shot and a beer.

The mysteries included in this story are gripping. I was really taken in by the Capone Club’s case because I could poke holes in the police investigation immediately. Investigating a crime that takes place during a Wisconsin blizzard is tough but anyone could see they jumped to several conclusions not supported by the evidence. Right alongside that case, Mack is working tirelessly to solve the case she is personally involved in so another one of her friends doesn’t end up dead. This case has unfolded over the course of the series so it is good to read the prior books in order to understand everything but the author does a great job of recapping the highlights in each new book.

Having the series set nearby is an absolute delight especially when my current place of residence is mentioned several times in the story due to the correctional facility just down the road. It is easy to imagine Mack there visiting one or more of the residents using her personal method of lie detection.

Shots in the Dark was a gripping story but only one mystery is solved by the final page. There are also some romantic issues up in the air and I am starting to support one cop over the other so I am very interested in what will happen next. I am thankful that the next book in this series is on my To-Be-Read shelf and I will be jumping into A Toast to Murder soon.

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Allyson K. Abbott is a pseudonym used by suspense writer Beth Amos. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her “day job” as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it’s written under, is that someone always dies. Allyson K. Abbott is my little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It’s not a coincidence the initials are what they are.  Check out her webpage here and on Facebook here.

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Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on the newest
Murder She Wrote Mystery today!


Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

About Murder, She Wrote:
Killing in a Koi Pond 


Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
Cozy Mystery
53rd in Series
Publisher: Berkley (June 8, 2021)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0593333594
ISBN-13: 978-0593333594
Digital ASIN: B08FH8NM6R

When a friend’s husband dies while Jessica Fletcher is in town visiting, Jessica’s vacation turns into a murder investigation in this latest entry in the long-running USA Today bestselling series.

 

After traveling to Bethesda for a mystery writers’ conference, Jessica Fletcher decides she’s earned a vacation and takes a train to Columbia, South Carolina, to visit her old college friend Dolores, who has recently married her third husband, Willis Nickens, a wealthy and cutthroat businessman. They’ve moved into an opulent historic home with plenty of space for guests, and Jessica is ready for a week of shopping, gossiping, and relaxing at the grand estate.

 

But the morning after she arrives, Jessica discovers Willis facedown in the koi pond, and despite what the police think, she’s sure foul play is involved. She hadn’t known Willis long, but it’s clear to her that he didn’t concern himself with making friends. The question isn’t if her friend’s husband was murdered but by whom.

 

About the Authors

Jessica Fletcher is a bestselling mystery writer who has a knack for stumbling upon real-life mysteries in her various travels.

Terrie Farley Moran is the author of Murder She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond, the latest in the long-running Jessica Fletcher series, to be followed in autumn 2021 by Murder She Wrote: Debonair in Death. She has also written the beachside Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series and is co-author of Laura Childs’ New Orleans scrapbooking mysteries. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Terrie is a recipient of both the Agatha and the Derringer awards.

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Great Escapes Praise for Murder, She Wrote: Killing in a Koi Pond
by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran

Ms. Moran did a fantastic job capturing Jessica and maybe two other people from the show that we fans truly adore.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Jessica Fletcher is a legend when it comes to solving a mystery. From the moment I picked up this book, I knew I was in for another interesting, mesmerizing, fun mystery. Terrie Farley Moran captured the essence of the series perfectly.
~The Editing Pen

The characters in Killing in a Koi Pond are well written and many of them will endear themselves to you. I especially love “the help” because of their kindness and willingness to go out of their way to make others feel at home.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

This was a fun, easy-to-read mystery, and the many suspects made figuring out whodunnit a challenge for me.
~Books to the Ceiling

I could hear the voices of my favorite characters on these pages. The new characters have depth and personality and make a strong impression . . . A well-done addition to a fine series.
~Laura’s Interests

MURDER, SHE WROTE: KILLING IN A KOI POND is a delightful addition to this long running series. Fully developed characters, both new and old, inhabit these pages providing rich detail bringing the story to life.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

This book truly felt as if I had been dropped into the show with old friends and new to fill out the cast. I can’t even begin to explain how exciting it was to read Harry Mcgraw in the late Jerry Orbach’s voice.
~I Read What You Write!

It was one of those “oh!” moments when the killer was finally revealed. I love when an author can do that, especially since I had all of the information I needed to figure it out, but still didn’t see it.
~The Book’s the Thing

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June 13 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
June 14 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
June 14 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
June 15 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
June 15 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
June 16 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
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June 17 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
June 17 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
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Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) by Miranda James #Review @BerkleyMystery


Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
13th in Series
Setting – Characters travel to North Carolina
Publisher: Berkley (August 25, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0451491181
ISBN-13: 978-0451491183
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages (February 23, 2021)
ISBN-10: 0451491203
ISBN-13: 978-0451491206
Kindle ASIN: B07ZN3SMZX

Charlie Harris and his feline companion Diesel take a bookish vacation but discover that murder never takes a holiday, in this all-new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

Charlie and Diesel along with Charlie’s fiancée, Helen Louise Brady, are heading to Asheville, North Carolina to spend a week at a boutique hotel and participate in a gathering of a mystery reader’s club composed of patrons of the Athena Public Library. In addition to seeing the local sights, the members will take turns giving talks on their favorite authors.

The always spry Ducote sisters, friends of the hotel’s owners, are helping underwrite the expenses, and they’ve insisted that Charlie, Helen, and Diesel join them. Anxious to get Helen Louise away from her bistro for a vacation, Charlie readily agrees. While Charlie is looking forward to relaxing with Helen Louise and Diesel, other members of the group have ulterior motives including a long-standing score to settle.

When an intrusive, uninvited guest turns up dead, only one mystery club member with a connection to the deceased appears to have a motive to kill. But could the answer really be that simple? Charlie and Diesel, along with the detecting Ducote sisters, know that every murder plot has an unexpected twist.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The wonderful Ducote sisters have planned a bookish vacay to Asheville, North Carolina for the Athena Public Library’s Mystery Readers Book Club to discuss Golden Age Mysteries. They are staying at the Hindman Hotel and because the sisters know the owners they have taken over the hotel and Charlie has been given permission for Diesel to tag along. They plan to see some local sights including the Biltmore Estate and each member will give a talk about their favorite Golden Age authors. In addition to the sisters, their ward Benjy, Charlie and Diesel, Charlie’s lady love Helen Louise, Ellie Arnold, Zac Ryan, Johnny Ray Floyd, Burdine, and Elmore Gregory, Melba and her beau Paul Brown, and Celia Bernardia have all arrived for the event. Denis Kilbride later crashes their party claiming to be Ellie’s fiancee. She is just a surprised as the rest of the group. It isn’t long before Denis is dead and Ellie seems to be the only one with a connection to the man. Charlie thinks there is more to the story so he, Helen Louise, Diesel, and Miss An’gel start investigating on their own.


I have enjoyed this series from the start and Diesel is my favorite literary animal. I enjoy the stories even more Miss An’gel and Miss Dickce Ducote make an appearance. This time a narcoleptic maid shakes things up when Charlie and Helen Louise think they have found yet another dead body. Thankfully she wakes up and walks away . . . at least this time. All the supporting characters are cleverly crafted and knowing one of them may be a killer keeps everyone on their toes.

Taking the characters on the road to a special place like Asheville was a great twist even though most of the time was spent at the hotel. I did enjoy the visit to the Biltmore Estate but it would take days to see everything the place has to offer. It is a place I would love to visit.

The mystery was more complicated than I thought it would be. We needed to do a deeper dive into the book club members’ backgrounds to open up the pool of suspects and things were made more difficult because the local police were not as forthcoming with information as Kanesha is back at home. I applaud the author for taking on some lifestyle topics within the mystery. There were also some corkscrew twists and misdirections that really blew each theory I had out of the water so I was totally surprised at the end.

I really enjoyed this story. This is one of the books that came out during my cancer treatments and I am mad at myself for not reading it sooner. I am excited about the next book in the series, What the Cat Dragged In. Its release date is August 31 and it is prominently noted on my reading calendar so I will read it right away. 

Cat Me If You Can has everything I look for in a cozy mystery and I am truly invested in these fabulous characters. You really can’t go wrong with anything written by Miranda James.

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About the Author

Miranda James is the New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries, including The Pawful Truth, Six Cats a Slayin’, and Claws for Concern, as well as the Southern Ladies Mysteries, including Fixing to Die, Digging Up the Dirt, and Dead with the Wind. James lives in Mississippi.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to London, Wisconsin, and Tennessee!

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

Escapes Completed


Wedding Day and Foul Play
by Duffy Brown
Release Day – February 17, 2021
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up tomorrow!


The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Virginia
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Alabama
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

Current Escape


There’s A Murder Afoot: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – London, England
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Deadly Delights: A Bookish Baker Mystery
by Laura Jensen Walker
Release Date – June 8, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Death in Bloom: A Flower House Mystery
by Jess Dylan
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
For Review

Future Escapes

May 30 – June 5, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Mississippi, Virginia, and Alabama!

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

Escapes Completed


Three Treats Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Alabama
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Imagine Summer: A Novel
by Shelley Noble
Release Date – May 11, 2021
Setting – Rhode Island
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Pint of No Return (Shake Shop Mystery)
by Dana Mentink
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Oregon
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Escape


Wedding Day and Foul Play
by Duffy Brown
Release Day – February 17, 2021
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Cat Me If You Can (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Mississippi
For Review


The Diva Serves Forbidden Fruit (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Virginia
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Four Cuts Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – May 25, 2021
Setting – Alabama
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

May 23 – 29, 2021 


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Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!

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