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Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery @vickidelany


Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
2nd In Series
Setting – New York
Berkley (March 1, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593334396
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593334393
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B096DNQGXP

Daring resort manager Elizabeth Grady will need to think fast to bring a killer into the limelight in this charming 1950s set cozy mystery series.

Famous director Elias Theropodous has chosen Haggerman’s Catskills Resort as a shooting location for his next film. It sounds glamorous to much of the staff, but resort manager Elizabeth Grady is less satisfied. Dealing with the ridiculous demands of the antagonistic director is bad enough, and his attempts to walk all over Elizabeth are making her feel like her position at the resort has been changed into a bit part.

But when Elias is poisoned during a dinner at the resort, the future of the film and the resort itself are on the line. Between an aging movie star, a harried producer, and former victims of the deceased director’s wrath, Elizabeth has a full cast of suspects to examine, and she’ll need to investigate every lead to catch a killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hollywood has come to the Catskills to shoot a movie directed by the famous Elias Theropodus using Haggerman’s Resort as a backdrop. The staff and guests are enamored by the stars in the presence but resort manager Elizabeth Grady has her hands full handling the resort’s regular guests while being treated like the director’s lackey and his over-the-top needs and requests. She just needs to remember the much-needed fee the production company is paying for this major inconvenience.

Elias has scheduled a dinner in one of the private dining rooms and then he and his guests will join the rest of the resort’s guests for dancing and dessert. As the event wraps up Elias collapses on the way to his car and he is rushed to the hospital. He dies shortly thereafter and it is determined that he was poisoned.

At first, it doesn’t look good for Elizabeth and her resort but none of the other guests becomes ill. It seems the director’s death was an isolated event and had to be premeditated. The man was a tyrant to work for, demanding absolute perfection, so he has the actors and his crew on edge most of the time. Would one of them kill him to get a new director? A rumored womanizer . . . did he scorn the wrong woman? Or could one of the resort’s many guests have reason to want the man dead?

Elizabeth finds herself with a myriad of suspects. Can she wrap up the case before the movie wraps and the guilty party jets back to Hollywood? Or will here own days in the Catskills be numbered?


“There’s nothing a man can do, that I can’t do better and in heels”
― Ginger Rogers

“I did everything Fred did, only backward and in high heels.”
― Ginger Rogers

When I read about Elizabeth Grady these Ginger Rodgers quotes come to mind. She is working in a job normally held by a man and probably does it better than any man especially when you add a murder investigation to her list of duties. In this second book in the series, she is on even firmer footing. This is good because director Elias Theropodus’ fame has truly gone to his head and treats everyone including Elizabeth horribly. I loved the way Elizabeth held her ground not only with Elias but others as she investigated his death. I was delighted to see her and Rishard getting closer. He is the type of man she deserves although there is that reporter still hanging around.

I am so glad that Ms. Delany filled in more of Elizabeth’s backstory. Being the child of a movie star isn’t easy and she and her mother were kind of thrown together when her mother inherited the resort. They are getting closer and still learning about each other as well. The way the author is developing these characters is perfect, believable, and comfortable.  After reading many of her books I can tell you she excels at character development, making each character unique and engaging. This particular book had a rather large cast when you add in the Hollywood people but they are each well thought out and presented in a way to make them memorable.

Ms. Delaney has given readers a complicated mystery to enjoy. Set in the 1950s it comes down to legwork, observations, and listening carefully or eavesdropping to work through the variety of suspects. There is tons of drama with the movie cast in life and in the movie and each could have motive to have killed off the director. I was doing my best to stay one step ahead of Elizabeth but soon I found myself so caught up in the story I wasn’t even concentrating on any theories of my own. I felt transported right to the beautiful Catskill resort, hiking around the trails with Elizabeth, going into town for an egg cream, worrying about Velvet getting her heart broken, and more. For me, that truly makes A Perfect Escape.

Deadly Director’s Cut is a wonderfully written cozy mystery with fabulous characters set in the ideal place for a 1950s vacation. Of course, murders may not be good for business but my bags are already packed for my next trip to Haggerman’s Catskills Resort. I hope I don’t have to wait too long.

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About the Author

Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than forty books: clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea by the Sea mysteries for Kensington, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series for Crooked Lane Books, the Catskill Resort mysteries for Penguin Random House, and the Lighthouse Library series (as Eva Gates) for Crooked Lane.

Vicki is a past president of the Crime Writers of Canada and co-founder and organizer of the Women Killing It Crime Writing Festival. Her work has been nominated for the Derringer, the Bony Blithe, the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak, and the Arthur Ellis Awards. Vicki is the recipient of the 2019 Derrick Murdoch Award for contributions to Canadian crime writing. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and California!

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

Escapes Completed


Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – March 1, 2022
Setting – New York
My Review with a print giveaway will be up tomorrow!


Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries)
by Mildred Abbott
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Missouri Ozarks
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Thursday!


Dead amid the Dogwoods (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
by Cassidy Salem
Release Date – December 1, 2021
Setting – The characters travel to Pennsylvania.
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Match
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 15, 2022
Setting – New Jersey
For Review


Front Page Murder (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – March 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Casino Queen (Night Hawk Casino Series)
by Cara Bertoia
Release Date – March 16, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery) by Stephanie Cole #Review @BerkleyMystery


Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Italy
Berkley (February 1, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593097831
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593097830
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B093YQKMY3

Nell Valenti is at ease when managing a farm to table cooking school in sun-dappled Tuscany, but begins to feel the heat when tasked with catching a killer, in this engaging Italian-set cozy mystery series.

When a wealthy New York philanthropist pays top dollar for a private, four-day ziti workshop, Nell Valenti wants everyone at the Orlandini cooking school focused on the task at hand. But complications abound when Nell’s boyfriend Pete Orlandini rushes to Rome for an unexpected business trip, Chef Orlandini is more preoccupied with a potential spot on an American cooking show than preparing for the workshop, and an uninvited woman sneaks into the villa to inspect Pete’s olive grove. The last disturbance proves deadly, and when the woman’s body is found in the grove, Nell must investigate before her hopes for the workshop, like the olives, are crushed.

Nell now has another item on her checklist–keep the Orlandinis out of trouble and the wealthy ziti-lovers happy while she looks into the stranger’s past. When Nell discovers that for one of the Orlandinis, at least, the murder victim was not such a stranger, after all, she’ll learn that when a detective goes digging in Italy, she’d better be ready for truffle.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s Ziti time at the Tuscan Cooking School. A New York philanthropist, Philip Copeland has bought out the entire four-day class for himself, his mother, and her friend.

Nell has really wrapped up what she was hired to do but now that she is in a relationship with Chef Claudio’s son, Pete, Pierfranco Orlandini, she doesn’t want to leave so she takes on the task of keeping Chef focused on teaching and not on the American cooking show he has set his sights on. With Pete out of town, she feels the pressure to make this trip perfect for their guests. But while getting ready for their arrival she notices a man and a woman trespassing in Pete’s Olive grove. Later the woman is found dead in the same grove and Pete becomes the prime suspect.

All this means Nell’s plate is overflowing. She has to try to clear Pete while keeping her guests happy, entertained, and cooking ziti. She has also learned more about the history of the cooking school property and is trying to find items to display that will illustrate how the place was used in its past lives but she may have bitten off more than she can chew.


The author has packed this book full of life, mystery, and food. Nell continues to try to hold things together at the cooking school and with Chef Claudio that is no easy task. Her relationship with Pete hits a bit of a snag but she pushes forward to keep all the other plates she is juggling high in the air. At the end of the previous book, Crime of the Ancient Marinara, a key part of the staff leaves. Thankfully that is addressed early in this story as Nell is almost forced to take on an even larger role at the school. She is written very realistically and some of her reactions are priceless.  Again, Chef is quite a character. A lovable, over-the-top character that can make you laugh out loud, shake your head, and want to scream, sometimes all at the same moment.

In this story, we meet Philip Copeland, his eighty-year-old mother Mimi, and her friend Muffy Onderdonk. Their four-day luxury trip to Tuscany was a treat for ziti obsessed Mimi’s birthday. Sadly, Mimi is dealing with the onset of dementia but she sure loved her trip and all the ziti she could eat. It was easy to root for Mimi and I was happy that her trip was filled with fun events.

Surprisingly, the victim had many more enemies in Italy than was originally thought. She had big plans that ruffled a lot of feathers. This mystery was cleverly plotted and I enjoyed the way it played out. The subplot of the school history really grabbed my interest as well. I had part of the mystery of it figured out but was taken aback by a sudden turn of events that twisted the whole story up delightfully.

The Tuscany setting never disappoints. Ms. Cole describes everything so well that it is like a virtual vacay. And the food, oh my! I was hoping for a new special ziti recipe at the end of the book but that was not to be. My husband does make a great baked ziti and we enjoyed that the night after I finished this book to take care of my cravings.

Evil Under the Tuscan Sun was filled with engaging characters wrapped up in a fine mystery that included some very interesting history all in a spectacular setting. I am really looking forward to the next Tuscan Cooking School Mystery just to see what Nell has thrown at her next.

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About the Author

Stephanie Cole is an active member of the mystery writing community. Writing as Shelley Costa, she was nominated for both an Edgar and an Agatha award, and she co-founded the Northeast Ohio chapter of Sisters in Crime. She teaches creative writing workshops and lectures on American literature in the greater Cleveland area. For fun, she takes violin lessons, studies Art History—and eyes them both for murder plots.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, Missouri, and Washington State!

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

Escapes Completed


Murder Faux Paws: A Nick and Nora Mystery
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Batter Off Dead (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – Indiana
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery)
by Stephanie Cole
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Italy
My Review will be up Thursday!


The Murder Before Christmas (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Deadly Director’s Cut (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – March 1, 2022
Setting – New York
For Review


Hippie Wagon Homicide (Twister Sisters Mysteries)
by Mildred Abbott
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Missouri Ozarks
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Body and Soul Food (A Books & Biscuits Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #8 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Indiana, and Italy!

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

Escapes Completed


Live, Local, and Dead (A Vermont Radio Mystery)
by Nikki Knight
Release Date February 8, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Secret in the Wall: A Novel (Silver Rush Mysteries)
by Ann Parker
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery
by Sarah E Burr
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – Deleware
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Friday!


Fit For Murder (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
by Cassidy Salem
Release Date – October 25, 2019
Setting – Washington D.C.
My review will be up on Saturday!

Scheduled Escapes


Murder Faux Paws: A Nick and Nora Mystery
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Batter Off Dead (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – Indiana
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery)
by Stephanie Cole
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Italy
For Review

Future Escapes

February 20 – 26, 2022



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Cozy Wednesday featuring A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


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I am so happy to share my thoughts today about A Killer Sundae!

A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette

About A Killer Sundae


A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series

Setting – Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Berkley (January 4, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593099702
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593099704
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B091PHQ88M

Ice cream shop owner Bronwyn Crewse is in for two scoops of murder in this charming mystery from Abby Collette.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is gorgeous in the fall, and Bronwyn Crewse, owner of Crewse Creamery, knows just how to welcome the new season. At the annual Harvest Time Festival, residents will get a chance to enjoy hot-air balloons and hayrides, crown a new Harvest Time Festival Queen, and eat delicious frozen treats sold at Win’s freshly purchased ice cream truck. But she gets into a sprinkle of trouble when a festivalgoer is poisoned and Win is implicated.

Although the victim was a former Harvest Time Festival Queen, her once-sunny disposition had dimmed into bitterness, leaving no shortage of suspects at the festival. To clear her name before the chill of winter sets in, Win will have to investigate and hope that her detective skills won’t “dessert” her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s time for the annual Harvest Time Festival in Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Crewse Creamery owner Bronwyn Crewse is excited to put her new ice cream truck into service. She has loaded up the truck’s freezers with all kinds of treats and is dishing up sundaes too. Her beautiful new truck has even drawn the attention of the local television station. The reporter and Win were in school together. They were never really friends but Win is very aware of the woman’s nut allergy and took all the precautions when preparing her hot fudge sundae.

Later the woman collapses and dies right in the middle of the Hot Air Balloon Glow and her boyfriend accuses Win of serving her nuts to cause her death. Win knows she did no such thing.

It seems the reporter was still as abrasive in her adult life as she was back in school so there had to be more suspects out there.

In a strange twist, the boyfriend that accused Win now wants her help finding the real killer. She tells him she has no intention of investigating but he continues to come back every day trying to change her mind. Her friends Maisie and Riya are also pressuring Win to investigate for their own reasons. So Win bows to the pressure and starts trying to get the scoop on the killer.


Win continues to be one of my cozy faves. She is smart and funny with a huge heart. She has been through a lot since returning home to take over Crewse Creamery but is driven to make the family’s ice cream business a rousing success. Getting the food truck to take her ice cream on the road for all kinds of events has turned out to be a great idea even though it put her on the scene of the crime. Her updates to the shop have helped to increase business as well. I love the relationship she has with her grandfather. Their morning meetings are inspirational. She has his full support and he helps her in any way he can. He also has a new friend and that just warmed by heart.

This story had other members of her family stepping in too to be sure both the truck and the shop was fully staffed. Her brother Bobby definitely has issues that need to be addressed. Of course, Maisie and Riya play vital roles in the story too but Maisie started out really rubbing me the wrong way. Even the chickenpox couldn’t keep this woman in check. She was so bossy and pushy. I mean she is an “expert sleuth” because of all the television shows she watches but this time her antics were more grating than funny. I was intrigued by a new hire Win made. I hope he returns in the next book.

The author did whip up a very twisty mystery. There were a lot of dead ends and true clues were hard to pin down. Win makes a visit that took a lot of strength and that made me like her even more. That visit started to give her investigation a better focus and drove the story to a very exciting reveal that validated my theory. A theory I almost threw by the wayside a few chapters earlier.

While some of the characters really pushed my buttons A Killer Sundae was a very entertaining and enjoyable read. Ms. Collette making Win a reluctant sleuth this time made for a very captivating story.

I am very excited about the next book in this series. Win has been asked to participate in an event that in my neck of the woods is usually associated with wine, but let me tell you if it featured ice cream I would be pushing people out of the way to be first in line.

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About Abby Collette

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and it’s a mystery even to her why she hasn’t yet moved to a warmer place. As Abby Collette, she is the author of the Ice Cream Parlor mystery series, about a millennial MBA-holding granddaughter running a family-owned ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the  Books & Biscuits mystery series, starring a set of fraternal twins who reunite and open a bookstore and soul food café. Writing as Abby L. Vandiver, she is the author of the Logan Dickerson Mysteries, featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian, as well as the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, pairing an East Texas medical examiner and her feisty, funeral-home-owning auntie as sleuths. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Texas and then back to Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Show Me the Bunny (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


Stiff Competition (Mattie Winston Mysteries)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 1, 2016
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge


Hot and Sour Suspects: A Noodle Shop Mystery
by Vivien Chien
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Ohio
My Review will be up next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Dash of Death (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
by Michelle Hillen Klump
Release Date – February 8, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Strong Suspicions: A Sophie Strong Mystery
by Amy Renshaw
Release Date – September 9, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Night Shift (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – July 28, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

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February 6 – 12, 2022

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery) by Cleo Coyle #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @CleoCoyle @BerkleyMystery


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 
I am so excited to share my thoughts with you today about Honey Roasted!

About Honey Roasted 


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
Berkley (January 25, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593197569
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593197561
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MPWDK78

Clare Cosi is busy as a bee planning her honeymoon when murder buzzes into the Village Blend in this all-new mystery in the beloved New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse series by Cleo Coyle.

While struggling to find a romantic (and affordable) destination for her upcoming honeymoon, coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi whips up a honey of a drink made from honey-processed coffee. Clare plans to serve her outstanding new Honey-Cinnamon Latte at her spring wedding to her longtime honey, NYPD detective Mike Quinn. The culinary world is also abuzz about the amazing honey that Clare was lucky enough to source for her shop’s new latte. Produced by Madame’s old friend “Queen” Bea Hastings, the rare, prize-winning nectar from Bea’s rooftop hives commands a premium price, and top chefs compete for a chance to use it in their signature seasonal dishes.

One night, a swarm of escaped bees blanket the Village Blend’s chimney, and Clare discovers Bea’s unconscious body after she seemingly fell from her high-rise rooftop-hive setup. The police want to rule it as a tragic accident or possible attempted suicide, but Clare does not believe either theory. Like Madame, she knows this Queen would never abandon her hive. To sort out this mystery, Clare investigates a world of cutthroat chefs, culinary start-ups, and competitive urban beekeepers. But can she uncover the truth without getting stung?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Village Blend is buzzing literally when several hives of bees take up residence in the busy coffeehouse. After calling the NYPD’S Beekeeping Unit to relocate the swarm Clare realizes she knows who the bees belong to and rushes to see the local “Queen Bee”. Bea Hastings is an old friend of Madame and has an amazing rooftop hive set up. The woman definitely wouldn’t allow her bees to escape so Clare knows something is wrong. Upon arrival, she finds Bea has apparently fallen from the roof to her balcony. The police decide it was a failed suicide attempt after finding some iffy evidence. Clare doesn’t believe that for an instant. Bea was so proud of her unique prize-winning nectar and had big plans to grow the production and earn top dollar for it. To believe she would try to kill herself is absolutely ludicrous. Now she just needs to prove it and put a nice sting on the person who tried to kill the Queen Bee of Manhatten.


Again Cleo Coyle fills her pages with excitement on many different levels. First, Clare and Mike are struggling with their relationship when they should be blissfully happy about their upcoming nuptials. Part of the problem is the second subplot. Mike is on a harrowing case that has bodies piling up as he tries to catch the elusive killer. Then there is the mystery Clare is trying to solve. Who has it in for the local beekeeper? Add to all that she has beans to roast and a coffeehouse to manage.  Madame is off on a trip but her ex Matt is around to help at Village Blend and makes a heck of a sleuthing partner too. He goes above and beyond in one heroic event too. All of Ms. Coyle’s characters just leap off the pages and readers quickly become joyfully entangled in everything that’s happening.

The honey/bee theme was so interesting, Who knew New York has a beekeeping unit as part of the police force? In fact, this story was based on an actual event. That really grabbed my attention but I would have been freaking out like one of the Blend’s employees, not calm and measured like Clare and Matt. I enjoyed the twist the employee took later in the story, very brave. Bea’s rooftop setup was really extraordinary too.

Using this event as inspiration this author team plotted out and wrote a fantastic mystery with great twists and drama that truly made this book impossible to put down. There were also a few scenes that gave me a good giggle. With the long wait between this book and the last one I had planned to take my time and really savor this coffeehouse mystery but the authors made that virtually impossible. We trekked all over the city, to some really undesirable places and to Bea’s fabulous penthouse apartment, and of course to Village Blend and the pages were just flying. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. I was all in after reading the Author’s Note until the final page. When the book hit the floor for the third time due to me dozing off, I had to stop to sleep. I couldn’t wait to finish it the next day and cut my work hours short to do so.

I anxiously await each new installment of this series. I am invested in the lives of these wonderful characters and can’t wait to see what the authors have in store for them next. Honey Roasted is the 19th book in the series but readers new to Cleo Coyle should not hesitate to pick it up today. I can predict you will want to read more when you finish it. Fans of the series will be delighted in this latest installment. To borrow an old expression Honey Roasted is the “bee knees”, and a real honey of a story. It will hold a space on my best reads list for this year. I LOVED IT!

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About Cleo Coyle

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 #5 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Ohio, Connecticut, and back to Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery
by Teresa Trent
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour will stop here on next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Show Me the Bunny (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
For Review


Stiff Competition (Mattie Winston Mysteries)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 1, 2016
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge

Future Escapes

January 30 – February 5, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

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

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

Escapes Completed


Wolf Hollow (A Lew Ferris Mystery)
by Victoria Houston
Release Date – January 11, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


Ice Cold Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel (Class Mom)
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – July 13, 2021
Setting – Kansas
My Flashback Friday Read!


Bake, Borrow, and Steal: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 28, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery
by Teresa Trent
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour will stop here on February 8, 2022

Future Escapes

January 23 – 29, 2022


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

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