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Special Guest – Daryl Wood Gerber – Author of Fudging the Books – Giveaway too!

special guest blueI am really excited! Daryl Wood Gerber’s Fudging The Books comes out on Tuesday! She is here today telling us about some of her research and I will tell you about the book and give my review. Then stay tuned because her Great Escapes Book Tour starts tomorrow and runs through August 6. Each stop will not only be reviewing the book but will also be sharing a yummy recipe and hosting a giveaway!! Please help me welcome Daryl to Escape With Dollycas! 

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FUDGING THE BOOKSWhile doing research for Fudging the Books, the 4th Cookbook Nook Mystery, I had to do a whole lot of chocolate tasting. Poor me. I tried different cocoas. I tried different high-end chocolate bars. I came up with a number of new recipes for the book, including of all things, cocoa croutons for salads and oranges dipped in chocolate.

Now, I can’t share any of the recipes from the book with you before its publication date, but if you didn’t know, I’ve had recipes in other books, and today’s is one of my all-time favorites.

From Stirring the Plot, the 3rd Cookbook Nook Mystery, which featured Halloween food, I also included French Silk Fudge Cake. It’s the cake served at the Winsome Witches luncheon. Jenna adored it and begged Chef Katie to recreate it. The coffee makes the difference!

Isn’t it fun when my fictional characters can make my life that much tastier?!!

What chocolate do you like?

Savor the Mystery!

Daryl Wood Gerber
Tasty ~ Zesty ~ Dangerous

blog_silkfudge_cakeFRENCH SILK FUDGE CAKE
From Stirring the Plot

Ingredients:

1 (3.5 to 4 ounce) bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped
1 ½ squares (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons coffee
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
3/4 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons flour (*may use gluten-free flour plus 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum)
1/2 of a 3.5 to 4 ounce bittersweet chocolate bar broken into ½-inch pieces
If desired: whipped cream or frosting.

Note: I used Ghirardelli 72% dark chocolate instead of bittersweet chocolate.

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease 4 mini-bundt cake cups.

Please 1 chopped bar of bittersweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Place bowl in microwave and cook on low power until the butter has melted and the chocolate is soft, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning the mixture.

In a mixing bowl, whisk cinnamon, coffee, eggs, egg yolk, sugar, and salt until combined. Stir in the flour. Mix in the chocolate mixture. Stir until smooth. Add the ½ bar of bittersweet chocolate that has been broken into ½-inch pieces. Spoon the batter in the prepared bundt cake cups. Fill about ¾ full.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out wit “streaks’ of thick batter. The tops of the cakes will be nearly firm. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 5 -10 minutes. Serve warm…or wait 20 minutes and serve at room temperature with whipped cream squirted into the center of the bundt shape.

Note: If you want to frost this cake, consider baking it in cupcakes tins or in a 9-inch springform pan lined with parchment paper. Cook about 30-35 minutes.

About Daryl Wood Gerber

Agatha Award-winning and nationally bestselling author DARYL WOOD GERBER writes the Cookbook Nook Mysteries, set in the fictional coastal town of Crystal Cove, California.  As Avery Aames, she also writes the Cheese Shop Mysteries, set in quaint Providence, Ohio. Fun tidbit: as an actress, Daryl appeared in “Murder, She Wrote”. She is married, loves to cook, and has a darling, frisky Goldendoodle named Sparky. Visit Daryl or Avery at www.darylwoodgerber.com.  Connect with her on Twitter, and Facebook, and don’t forget to sign up for her Keepin’ it Cozy newsletter.

FUDGING THE BOOKSFudging the Books
(A Cookbook Nook Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Teresa Fasolino
Cover Design by Jason Gill
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425279403
E-Book ASIN: B00QH8320E
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The Agatha Award–winning author of Stirring the Plot returns to the Cookbook Nook in Crystal Cove, California, where February brings Pirate Week, National Chocolate Month—and bitter murder…

Pirate Week is sweeping through Crystal Cove and keeping Jenna Hart and her bookstore, the Cookbook Nook, plenty busy. But she’s not too swamped to also host the local Chocolate Cookbook Club’s meeting—especially because the guest of honor is her friend, candy maker and cookbook author Coco Chastain.

Jenna whips up a delicious event amidst the rowdy festivities, but the mood is soon broken by robberies, simmering tempers, and a dead body—Coco’s editor, Alison. The suspects turn out to be more plentiful than a pot full of gold doubloons, so to prove Coco isn’t responsible for the dastardly deed, Jenna will have to stir up some clues and figure out who’s the real sticky-fingered killer…

INCLUDES RECIPES!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

February in Crystal Cove is busier than you may think. First they celebrate Pirate Week and then it is Valentine’s Day. At The Cookbook Nook there are also the book clubs that meet. This month the Chocolate Cookbook Club welcomes Jenna’s friend, Coco Chastain, author and candy maker extraordinaire. She brings her whole crew to the meeting and things get just a little tense. Her publisher, Allison, seems to be working on books for several of Crystal Cove’s residents. When she is found dead Coco becomes the prime suspect but Jenna knows that is more to the story. She starts to stir things up as she tries to find the real killer. She is also is trying to find the pirate’s booty that someone made off with. Can this be connected to the murder…

When I pick up a book by Daryl/Avery I know I am in for a fantastic treat and should plan accordingly. She delivers her best story yet in Fudging the Books.

Crystal Cove seemed to be a quiet little place until Jenna came to town but she has plenty of friends to support and know all these murders are not her fault. Aunt Vera does her best to keep Jenna in line and readers giggling. She is one special lady. Jenna’s relationship with Rhett is also evolving nicely. Vera’s romance has hit a little bump in the road though. Bailey has a new pet thanks to her beau, Tito, and she is having problems getting him to like her.

The mystery is so well thought out and presented. The perfect amount of twists to keep us guessing. The author strikes a nice balance with the right amount of romance and humor. The characters are fun and very appealing. You want to know them better and care about their lives. All this but don’t forget the food, this time there is chocolate, and lots of it thanks to Chef Katie.

The setting is wonderful too. Crystal Cove sounds like a great place to visit and I would drop a bundle of cash at The Cookbook Nook. The shop is not only full of cookbooks but cozy mysteries that feature food. Several of my favorite author grace the shelves.

This book is quite a treasure, with pirates, murder, romance, humor and food! (Recipes included.) I am already excited for my next visit!

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Dollycas
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Cozy Wednesday with Lynn Cahoon – Author of Dressed to Kill – Great Escapes Book Tour

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so excited to have Lynn stop by today!
She is touring with Great Escapes Book Tour too!

Cahoon

Hi Dollycas and thanks for having me over today.


Dressed to Kill
, the fourth Tourist Trap mystery released yesterday so I’m out on a virtual blog tour talking up my book, signing virtual copies, and drinking lots of virtual champagne.

dressed to kill_ebookIn reality, I’m probably sitting at my desk at the day job as you read this, processing tags and stickers for my Georgia drivers.

Not as glamorous as you imagined, huh.

I’m always interested in an author’s path, so stroll down memory lane with me. Eight years ago, I had just started this day job when I found out I had Breast Cancer. 2007 was the year of cancer since I got the trifecta of treatment options – surgery, chemo, and finally radiation. After that, they started me on hormone therapy, taking a pill once a day.

During this year, I had a lot of time to do two things. Read and think. I started figuring how what I wanted to read and found they’d even named the genre, cozy mysteries. 🙂 I combed the library for copies. One day when I was waiting to get a shot to boost my red blood cells, the weekend nurse at the hospital started talking cozies with me. She told me about a local author who wrote a series about a woman and her mother set in Texas. But the cool thing was this author, Susan McBride, lived in St. Louis. The next day, when I got another shot, she had brought in her old copies of the series and I fell in love with the Debutante Dropout.

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I posted about this nurse’s act of kindness and the books she’d given me. Susan caught my blog on her name search. (Yes, we Google our names to see if anyone’s talking about us. It’s a bad habit. LOL) She reached out and we emailed back and forth for a while. She’s also a Breast Cancer survivor and is a warm and wonderful person in addition to being a great author.

And then she sent me the latest book in the series.

I felt overwhelmed with gratitude from this woman who didn’t know me from Adam. This was the type of author I wanted to be. And anytime I’ve considered my options on how to handle a sticky author situation since, I always ask, What Would Susan Do. The question has served me well.

The other thing I did as I survived 2007 was think about my future. If I would have one, I wanted it to be the life I wanted, not just the one I accepted. Reviewing my MUST DO’s, I realized I’d always wanted to write an essay about the times my family froze corn together. It was an all-day affair. I wrote the essay, sent it off, and sold it within a month. Then I wrote another one about the one gift my ex-husband gave me that kept me from giving up and returning to our broken marriage. The Tool Box sold to Chicken Soup for the Divorced Soul a few months later.

This writing thing was easy. I kept going and a dream of actually becoming a published author started to niggle at my brain. It took me three years to get my next sell, a short romance story. I sold several to Women’s World and quite a few to the True’s before Dorchester went bankrupt.

guidebookI kept writing. I met more writers, became good friends with Laura Bradford, another cozy mystery and romance writer, and logged in a lot of rejections.
In 2012, Harlequin turned down The Bull Rider’s Brother. I loved this story and was in Idaho when I got the news. My husband read the rejection letter to me over the phone. The next weekend, I sent a query letter to a new small romance line, Crimson Romance. They responded in less than an hour, asking for the full. By the end of the next week, I had a contract in hand. I kept pushing, kept writing, and kept learning.

In 2013, Kensington bought the first Tourist Trap mystery, Guidebook to Murder, in a three book e-first contract. I dug in and wrote the next two books and learned a ton about edits, working with a publisher, and the dreaded marketing. In 2014 after Guidebook released, it hit the NYT’s list in June that year.

Today, I have four books available, one on pre-order, one that will release in January 2016, and have just signed a deal for three more adventures. By the end of 2017, there will be nine books available in the series.

When I was imagining my future during the year of cancer, I never thought that ten years later, I’d have a series with nine books, not to mention the numerous romance stories that I have available for your enjoyment.

And I owe it all to my readers. So thank you and I hope you enjoy Dressed to Kill as much as I did writing it.

~Lynn

About Lynn Cahoon
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and two fur babies.

dressed to kill_ebookDressed To Kill (A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 4)
4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 23, 2015)
ASIN: B00ONTR7KK
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Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More in the tucked-away town of South Cove, California—is not particularly thrilled to be portraying a twenties flapper for the dinner theater murder mystery. Though it is for charity…

Of course everyone is expecting a “dead” body at the dress rehearsal…but this one isn’t acting! It turns out the main suspect is the late actor’s conniving girlfriend Sherry…who also happens to be the ex-wife of Jill’s main squeeze. Sherry is definitely a master manipulator…but is she a killer? Jill may discover the truth only when the curtain comes up on the final act…and by then, it may be far too late.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

These Tourist Trap Mysteries are so much fun to read. All the characters I have grown to love are back. Jill, Aunt Jackie, town detective/Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King, Officer Toby/barista, and more. Greg’s ex, Sherry, has come to town and is opening her own shop, Village Duds, and Jill is not happy about that. Sasha has been hired full time at Coffee, Books, and More after completing her internship. This frees up Jill for more time reading and investigating too.

Jill has roped Greg into taking part in the “Dying for Trouble” dinner theater murder mystery that is being held to raise money for the local woman’s shelter. That turns out to be a good thing because a dead body is found before the first dress rehearsal barely begins. Jill quickly realizes she knows who it is, it’s the man from the bank that was getting up close and personal with Sherry at the last Business to Business meeting. Could she have killed him?

The author threw plenty of red herrings into this one and that’s what has made it my favorite book in the series so far. Jill doesn’t give up and she really wants to share what she is finding with Greg but is afraid to because he will tell her to back off. He knows she is asking questions of those she suspects and he worries she is going to push someone too far.

Cahoon has written a story with dialogue that is easy flowing and realistic. The plot is tight with a few very interesting subplots. One involving Aunt Jackie just cracked me up. The characters to continue to evolve and the romance level is just right.

I recommend you read these books in order but this 4th installment can be easily read as a stand alone.

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Tour Participants

June 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review
June 24 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Cozy Wednesday
June 24 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review
June 25 – Lilac Reviews – Review, Guest Post
June 26 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Guest Post
June 27 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
June 28 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
June 28 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Interview
June 29 – Socrates’ Book Reviews – Review
June 30 – deal sharing aunt – Interview
July 1 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review, Guest Post
July 2 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Guest Post
July 3 – Community Bookstop – Review

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Review/Giveaway – The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle

book stops hereThe Book Stops Here:
A Bibliophile Mystery

8th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – California
A Obsidian Mystery
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 336 pages (June 3, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415981
E-Book ASIN: B00G3L6M0C
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages (May 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0451415998
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You never know what treasures can be found in someone’s attic. Unfortunately for bookbinder Brooklyn Wainwright, some of them are worth killing for in the latest in the New York Times bestselling Bibliophile Mystery series.

Brooklyn is thrilled to be appearing on the hit TV show This Old Attic as a rare-book expert and appraiser. Her first subject is a valuable first-edition copy of the children’s classic The Secret Garden.

After the episode airs, a man storms onto the set claiming that the owner of the book, a flower seller named Vera, found the book at his garage sale, and he wants it back—or else. Afterward, Randolph Rayburn, the show’s host, confides in Brooklyn that he’s terrified by the man’s threats and fears that he is being stalked.

When several violent incidents occur on the set, Brooklyn and her security expert boyfriend, Derek, are shaken. But Brooklyn’s discovery of Vera’s corpse in her flower shop convinces her she has to find the killer—before her chance at prime time and her life are canceled…permanently.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I never thought much about bookbinding until this series and being introduced to Brooklyn Wainwright. Now we are 8 books, 9 really as Ripped From The Pages was released in hardcover this week, and each installment continues to be better than the last.

In this installment Brooklyn gets her break into television as a rare book expert and appraiser on This Old Attic, think Antiques Roadshow. She meets a woman with a very special edition of The Secret Garden that she claims she picked up at a garage sale. After seeing a preview of the show the former owner finds out what the book is worth and he wants it back.  Strange things start to happen at the studio and Brooklyn learns the host may have a stalker. Derek worries Brooklyn herself may be in danger so he plans to stick as close as possible until Brooklyn’s stint on the show comes to an end.

We are introduced to several new characters, the crew for the television show and a very intriguing collector. I enjoyed meeting these new characters. There were some very interesting twists that connected some of them. I was happy Brooklyn’s parents made a cameo appearance. Brooklyn and Derek also have a new neighbor and she is a fantastic addition, plus she makes cupcakes that may have you craving something sweet. Oh and Brooklyn’s arch enemy Minka makes a return appearance.

One of the new characters has an extensive Mae West collection. The author fictionalizes a friendship between Mae and The Secret Garden author, Frances Hodgson Burnett. While it is not true it was very entertaining and educational subplot to the story. It was nice to learn more about these iconic and very different women.

This story has many layers and subplots and again Kate Carlisle blends them all to flow effortlessly. We are treated to more than one mystery and both were fun to solve right along with Brooklyn.

The author has given us another wonderful story with the perfect amount of romance and humor and we learn a little bit too. To me that means this is a Perfect Escape! I will be reading Ripped From The Pages soon!

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Dollycas
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To find out more about Kate Carlisle and her books visit her webpage here.

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Cozy Wednesday with Linda O. Johnston – Author of Bite the Biscuit – Giveaway too!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!!

I am excited to tell you about Linda’s new series as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour!

Why a Barkery?

by Linda O. Johnston

linda o johnstonMy new Barkery & Biscuits Mystery series has now started.  The first book is Bite the Biscuit, and it was released in early May.

In the series, protagonist Carrie Kennersly is a veterinary technician who also gets to realize her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.  Her good friend Brenda Anesco has to sell her bakery, Icing on the Cake, and move away because her mother is ill.  Carrie buys it from her and converts half of Icing into Barkery and Biscuits, a store that sells handmade dog treats made from healthy recipes Carrie developed for patients as a vet tech.

Lots of people enjoy cozy mysteries where the background theme involves cooking and food.  People also enjoy cozies that focus on animals.  I’m hoping that people have fun with my Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries, which have both.

When I first came up with the hint of an idea for this series a couple of years ago, I was aware that there was an emerging industry of small shops that catered to home-cooked meals and treats for pets but it wasn’t very popular–then.

23364540Now it’s a different story.  In my area of Los Angeles, for example, such kinds of stores, often chain stores, keep opening.  In some, the employees are the cooks and bakers as well as sales help, using stoves and ovens and more to create the foods right there.  In others, the employees sell to customers boxes, bags and other containers of food and treats that are made locally with the best of ingredients and then sent to stores for sale.

I buy samples most places I visit.  But I’m limited on what I get and give to our dogs, Lexie and Mystie.  They both have health issues.  Mystie is on prescription dog food and Lexie has a somewhat limited diet.  Yes, I understand that the kinds of healthy things that these stores sell and that Carrie comes up with might be good for both of them.  But they’re each doing okay in their own ways and I’m concerned about rocking that particular boat.  So, I don’t intend to change their diets now.

I don’t even mention the possibility of such amazing diets to Lexie and Mystie.  They already give me enough orders that involve providing them treats I know are okay for them.  And also don’t tell Mystie, but Lexie sometimes does get fun new treats from some of those stores,  as long as they’re limited in number and content.

In the meantime, Carrie’s dog Biscuit gets to hang out in the Barkery and sample all the wonderful dog treats.  I hope she doesn’t tell Lexie and Mystie, either.

And it’s certainly fun to write about the Barkery.  I hope you enjoy reading about it!

~Linda

 

23364540Bite the Biscuit
(A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – California
Publisher: Midnight Ink (May 8, 2015)
Paperback: 312 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738745039
E-Book ASIN: B00VXK6CTY
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Carrie Kennersly, a veterinary technician, has become known for offering healthy and popular dog treats at the clinic where she works. When the local bakery’s owner moves away, Carrie jumps at the chance to convert it into the Barkery, a shop to make and sell her canine delights.

But Myra Ethman, co-owner of another pet product store, hates the new competition. At the Barkery’s opening party, she badmouths Carrie’s homemade dog biscuits, insisting she’ll find a way to shut the place down. So when Myra is found dead with a Barkery biscuit beside her, Carrie must prove she didn’t do it before she’s collared for murder.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Linda O. Johnston loves her pets and that truly shines through in her writing. In Bite the Biscuit she introduces us to Carrie Kennersly who has so much energy it is absolutely amazing. She works at a local veterinary clinic as a tech and has just bought a local bakery and added on to include a “barkery” where she bakes and sells yummy treats for dogs. Her own dog, Biscuit, goes almost everywhere with her. She is at her shop by 5 a.m. each morning baking and her day continues on in her store until it is time for her to work at the clinic and then she goes back to close up her shop. She did inherit 2 assistants when she purchased the bakery but she enjoys doing both things and plans to continue that as long as she can.

Her grand reopening is all set and people are showing up in droves, including the owners of a local pet supply store, her closest competition. Myra Ethman owns the store with her husband and she doesn’t make a quiet entrance. She is bad mouthing Carrie’s treats to everyone and threatening to put the new barkery out of business. She and Carrie exchange a few heated words but Carrie is not about to let one cranky customer ruin her day. But it does ruin the next day and week when Myra is found dead and the police are trying to find enough evidence to collar Carrie for the crime. So now Carrie’s busy days also have to include time for snooping, sleuthing and solving the mystery of who made Myra Bite the Biscuit .

This was a fun story with some very entertaining characters both 2 and 4 legged. We not only meet Carrie and her store clerks, we also meet her brother, Neal, Dr. Arvus Kline, the vet that helped Carrie buy her bakery/barkery, and Dr. Reed Storme and his dog Hugo, plus many more.

The mystery was very well written as well. Myra wasn’t the most liked woman around town so there were plenary of suspects. I saw where the story was headed  and was still surprised by the way things actually played out in the end.

The author also includes some doggy treat recipe in the back of the book too.

This is a great start for this new series!

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Dollycas
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About This Author

Linda O. Johnston’s first published fiction appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and won the Robert L. Fish Memorial Award for Best First Mystery Short Story of the year. Since then, Linda, a former lawyer who is now a full-time writer, has published more short stories, novellas, and 38 romance and mystery novels, including the Pet Rescue Mystery Series, a spinoff from her Kendra Ballantyne, Pet-Sitter mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime, and Harlequin Romantic Suspense as well as the Alpha Force paranormal romance miniseries for Harlequin Nocturne. She additionally writes the Superstition Mysteries for Midnight Ink.

Her latest cozy mystery series, the Barkery and Biscuits Mysteries also from Midnight Ink, kicks off in May with BITE THE BISCUIT.

 

Author Links:

Webpage: www.LindaOJohnston.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LindaOJohnston

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Praise for Bite The Biscuit
Bite The Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston is a pawsitivly fantastic read for anyone who loves well written cozy mysteries where it isn’t easy to figure out who-dun-it!
~WV Stitcher

Linda has done it again. She has created a captivating cozy with great characters who truly love animals.
~Melina’s Book Blog

It ‘s full of interesting and fun characters, cute animals, there’s quite a mystery to solve, and also an interesting relationship almost love.
~LibriAmoriMiei

I loved this adventure and mystery. I have loved every book written by Ms. Johnston she is really a great writer…
~Community Bookstop

 

Be sure to check out the other tour stops!!
Tour Participants

May 8 – WV Stitcher – Review
May 9 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview
May 10 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post
May 10 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
May 11 – Community Bookstop – Review
May 12 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – Review, Guest Post
May 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Cozy Wednesday
May 14 – Musings and Ramblings – Review, Guest Post
May 15 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
May 16 – readalot – Review
May16 – Laura’s Interests – Review
May 17 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review, Interview
May 18 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review
May 18 – View from the Birdhouse – Review
May 19 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review, Interview
May 20 – Socrates Book Reviews – Review
May 21 – dru’s book musings – Guest Post

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Cozy Wednesday with Rebecca M. Hale – Author of How To Catch A Cat – Giveaway too!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am still behind on my posts but am making progress.
Rebecca was originally to be my guest last Wednesday.

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San Francisco’s Golden Gate: Hidden in Plain Sight

In the first five books of the How to Wash a Cat series, Rupert and Isabella’s feline adventures have taken them all over San Francisco and across Northern California. From their home base in the Jackson Square antique shop, the cats have ventured out to explore the murals of Coit Tower, the science museum in Golden Gate Park, and the cupola at the top of City Hall. With the help of a cat-modified stroller, they’ve visited a California gold mining town, the State Capitol, and historic Monterrey. Along the way, the cats have uncovered Gold Rush treasure, cavorted with multitalented frogs, rescued an abducted albino alligator, and unmasked the murderer of a City Hall intern.

how to catch a catRupert and Isabella’s latest mystery takes them on a journey through time – back to 1775 when the first European sailboat discovered the Golden Gate, the passage leading from the Pacific Ocean into the San Francisco Bay.

With each book in the series, I’ve tried to capture an intriguing aspect of San Francisco history or culture. There’s no shortage of potential material. The Bay Area has always prided itself on being quirky and peculiar.

The story of the San Carlos certainly fits the bill. For hundreds of years, mariners failed to notice the opening to the San Francisco Bay. Even after Governor Portola stumbled across the estuary on a land expedition, few believed the enormous bay he described existed.

The Golden Gate, the opening now spanned by San Francisco’s famous red bridge, was hidden in plain sight. The hills on the bay’s east side combined with the bay islands of Alcatraz and Angel to create an optical illusion. From the perspective of someone sailing in the Pacific Ocean, the shoreline appeared to be contiguous. Some of the world’s most famous explorers sailed right past the strait, never giving it a second glance.

The San Carlos might have missed it too – if not for the assistance of a sharp-eyed Siamese named Isabella…

~Rebecca

About The Author

NY Times bestselling author REBECCA M. HALE worked for almost ten years as a patent attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area before taking time off to write her first novel, HOW TO WASH A CAT. She is now the author of nine Penguin titles and a growing list of ebooks released under her own imprint Green Vase Publishing. She writes fiction, typically in the form of quirky mysteries that reflect her travel experiences and the people she meets on her journeys.

Rebecca lives in Western Colorado with her feline writing associates, that is, when she’s not off researching future books set in San Francisco, the Caribbean or wherever else her wandering spirit takes her.

Find out more on her webpage here.

how to catch a catHow to Catch a Cat
(Cats and Curios Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – California
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (March 3, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425258880
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A serial killer with a peculiar penchant for City Hall interns is on the loose in San Francisco, and it’s up to me—and my two cats, Rupert and Isabella—to put a stop to the spree. Unfortunately, worrying about my uncle Oscar’s failing health and assisting with the interim mayor’s America’s Cup regatta doesn’t leave me with much opportunity to chase down clues.

Could the key to apprehending the killer be found in San Francisco’s sailing history? The first European vessel to pass through the Golden Gate contained a familiar cast of human—and feline—passengers as well as an elusive killer who used a similar murder weapon. Will the past catch up to the present in time to crack the case?

Dollycas’s Thoughts
The truly is one of my favorite series. They are so much more than mysteries that are adventures and Rebecca M. Hale spins quite a story or should I say stories. She takes the reader back and forth from 1775 to present time and gives this series a fabulous finish.

Again the story picks up right where the last one leaves off as Oscar, his niece and her cats are trying to catch the Knitting Needle Ninja. A killer who hides blades in the ends of knitting needles, apparently it is a weapon used way back in the past too. This time the story focuses on an America’s Cup Regatta in present day and the search for a hidden bay off the coast in the past. The stories parallel perfectly and leave the reader wondering about all the characters.

Like my reviews of previous books in this series I stress that these books need to be read in order because each one builds to the next. Reading this as a stand alone would leave too many questions or disappointment for the reader. The entire series is excellent so if you are not already a fan please start from the beginning.

The author does a vast amount of research and her fiction is based on facts which really draws me into these stories. I always want to do a little research on my own after finishing or sometimes during these stories. Her writing style is very creative and it takes a few chapters to get into the rhythm but soon the reader is so immersed in the story it is as if you are watching a movie as the pictures just form before your eyes.

The characters are rich, genuine and also quirky and the cats Rupert and Isabella are some of the finest felines you will find in fiction today.

This book is dedicated to the readers by Rupert, Isabella and Rebecca – stating “It has been a pleasure sharing our adventures with you.” Well all I have to say the pleasure was all mine. I loved each and every one of them!

a perfect escape
5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Cozy Wednesday on Friday with Diana Orgain – Author of A First Date with Death

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to a Special Edition of Cozy Wednesday!

This post was supposed to appear on March 18.
I loved this book and am so glad to have Diana here for a visit.

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Q and A with Diana Orgain

What am I working on/writing?
I am working on the second book in my Reality TV series (A SECOND CHANCE FOR MURDER) which be released next spring. The first book in the series; A First Date with Death: A Love or Money Mystery is available now. Here’s the awesome blurb that those wickedly talented copywriters at Berkley came up with:

When broken-hearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose. Apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life.

What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.

Just as unexpected: he’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancé. But the cop isn’t looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover’s leap was no accident, Paul’s going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show—and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can’t count on…

FIRST DATE WITH DEATHHow does my writing/work differ from others in its genre?
I have a M.F.A in playwriting and one of my favorite professors used to say, “No laughter for the playwright, no laughter for the audience. No tears for the playwright, no tears for the audience.” What I took that to mean was that the journey on the page had to be real for me with real emotions otherwise, there’s no way that an audience (or reader) will get that emotional journey. That’s what writing is all about for me. A way to share myself on the page with others. Growing up, my dad would always quote Hemingway, “There is no friend as loyal as a book.” That’s my goal with writing: I want my books to be a friends to my readers, to be there in their time or need, or when they need a distraction or just a laugh.

Why do I write what I do?
Growing up I devoured Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark – I love a great whodunit and if you add a little suspense in there all the better. The tagline for writing is “Come in the for cozy- stay for the thrill of it!”

How does my writing process work?
I do every process imaginable. When one isn’t working I move to the next. Right now I’m on a long-hand writing kick. I LOVE filing my notebook with my characters – it flows so easily – the tricky part is converting it into text, but for the wonders of technology- I hear the iPad has a great app for that. Sometimes I use voice dictation (especially when I get tired of typing up my hand written notes). But usually, mostly I sit (or stand – I have one of those convertible desks) and power through my first draft on the keyboard. I like to write all the way through the draft before editing, but sometimes, I have to go and fix things before I move forward.

About the Author
Diana Orgain is the author of the Maternal Instincts Mysteries and coauthor of Gilt Trip with Laura Childs in the New York Times bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries. She holds a B.A and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University with a minor in acting. Diana has acted professionally both on stage and in national commercials. She’s written several plays, which were produced at San Francisco State University, GreenHouse Productions, and PlayGround. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.dianaorgain.com.

FIRST DATE WITH DEATHFIRST DATE WITH DEATH
Series: A Love or Money Mystery (Book 1)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Setting: California
Release Date: March 3, 2015
The Berkley Publishing Group
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Bill Bruning
Cover Design by Danielle Abbiate
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425271681
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK49I
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When brokenhearted Georgia Thornton goes looking for romance on reality TV, she has nothing to lose—apart from a good man, a cash prize, and maybe her life…

What was Georgia thinking? Sure, some cad ditched her at the altar, but can she really find love on TV? Her best friend—and producer of the reality show Love or Money—thinks so. Ten men. Ten adventure-filled dates. What can go wrong? For starters, a faulty bungee cord that hurls Georgia’s first date into a tragic spiral off the Golden Gate Bridge.

He’s replaced by Paul Sanders, Georgia’s former fiancé. But the cop isn’t looking for a TV gig. Suspecting that the lover’s leap was no accident, Paul’s going undercover. When another bachelor gets a fatal kiss-off, the reality is that someone has killer new plans for the show—and for Georgia herself. Now, under the threat of permanent cancellation, Georgia fears that the only man on the set she can trust is the one man she just can’t count on…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette this is the cozy for you. It has an added twist, not all the contestants are searching for love, half of them are trying to win money. Things start to go wrong on the very first date and one of the suitors is killed. Not everyone believes it was an accident and that brings Georgia’s former love to the show, he is a cop and he is going undercover. Then another bachelor dies and and reality television gets even more real as the show must go on. Georgia doesn’t know who to trust but she knows she must find the killer before the final glass of champagne is poured.

I loved this story and I am really interested in seeing how the author continues this series. Georgia was the bachelorette and her turn on Love or Money is complete. I really liked her spunk. She is smart and courageous enough to put herself on national television to find love and track down a killer too.

This story flows really well. The characters are fleshed out and easy to picture and get to know. I found myself rooting for more than one of the bachelors and not only following the clues to find out the killer but who was in it for love and who was in it just for the money.

I really enjoy where Diana Orgain takes us in this story. Not your typical theme for a cozy mystery, it is new and fresh and a lot of fun to read. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment to see where she takes us next.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Review/Giveaway – This Old Homicide by Kate Carlisle

this old homicideThis Old Homicide:
A Fixer-Upper Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: California
An Obsidian Mystery (January 27, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451469205
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGLY0Q
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Contractor and part-time sleuth Shannon Hammer specializes in improving the quirks and flaws of the Victorian homes in Lighthouse Cove, California. The quirks and flaws of their residents are another story….

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and while Shannon is delighted to be friends with not one but two handsome men, not everyone in town is feeling the love. After her elderly neighbor Jesse Hennessey fails to make his daily appearance at the local diner, Shannon swings by his place to check on him. Not only does she find Jesse dead—of an apparent heart attack—but she also realizes that his home has been ransacked.

Someone suggests that a thief was searching for a priceless necklace Jesse claimed to have retrieved from a capsized sailing ship, but Shannon doesn’t believe it. Everyone knows Jesse had a penchant for constructing tall tales—like the one about him having a hot new girlfriend. But his death is soon ruled a homicide, and shady suspects begin popping out of the woodwork. When another victim turns up dead, Shannon is convinced she must find the killer before someone else gets nailed….

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kate Carlisle has constructed another awesome mystery in the second installment of the Fixer Upper Mysteries.

Shannon Hammer is a very strong protagonist with job that keeps her on her toes managing several different construction work sites all at the same time. The life of a General Contractor means a lot of time traveling between sites, a heck of a lot of paperwork and a slew of phone calls but Shannon also has her own set of pink tools and she is not afraid to use them.   Mystery writer, Mac, has moved into one of the suites above Shannon’s garage and they are becoming a little more than chummy. Police Chief, Eric, is getting to know Shannon better too and doesn’t accuse her of murder this time, but he does try to tell her to keep her nose out of his investigation. This is a cozy mystery so you know that is not going to happen. Neighbor Jesse must have been quite a character with his tall and not so tall tales. Jesse was her best friend’s Uncle and she had known him much of her life and he has a special place in her heart and that just drives her to find out who killed him and why.

The author does any excellent job of storytelling. She drops a clue here and a clue there, hammers in a twist or two or three, and an extra little ghostly element along the way too, all to keep the reader guessing and fitting things together to solve the mystery right along with Shannon.

We also get vivid descriptions of the house being renovated and having worked in home construction and remodels I love those parts.

I guess it would be fair to say Kate Carlisle has nailed this story right on the head. I am looking forward to see what she has planned for the next Shannon Hammer project. I am sure she is already checking over the blueprints and getting the permits to bring us another wonderful mystery.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Read more about Kate and the Fixer-Upper Mysteries at www.KateCarlisle.com!


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Review/Giveaway – If The Shoe Kills by Lynn Cahoon

if the shoe killsIf the Shoe Kills(A Tourist Trap Mystery Book 3)
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date: November 1, 2014
Setting: California
Trade Paperback: 214 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1601833068
E-Book ASIN: B00KM9O6SQ
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The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide…

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ‘tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks—the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car—dead as a doornail. Detective Greg King assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess—before the other shoe drops…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Spending the holidays in South Cove sounds wonderful if you can look beyond finding a dead body or two. Book three in this series introduces us to Ted Hendricks and a program that matches businesses up with people looking for work. They work as interns as they gain experience to land them a full time job in the future. We quickly learn that Ted is a real creep and had someone not put the people of South Cove out of his misery he would have been headed to jail. It looks like suicide but Jill knows is was murder and is out to prove it.

Cahoon has brought back the characters we loved in the first two books, Jill, Aunt Jackie, town detective/Jill’s boyfriend, Greg King, Officer Toby/barista, and more. We meet Marie, the owner of the stained glass shop across the street from Coffee, Books, and More. No one knows much about her past but she and her store are a welcome addition to South Cove.  We also deal with Greg’s ex-wife, the mayor’s wife because she decides to take over planning the holiday festival, both women cause chaos. We also meet all the interns working through the holidays at several businesses.

She has immersed these characters in a story with a bit of romance, the aforementioned chaos, some humor, and plenty of stuff for Jill to poke her nose into so that trouble soon follows.

I loved that the intern working Coffee, Books, and More starts Aunt Jackie’s marketing juices flowing and that she comes up with a fabulous way to promote reading for a group of people that are unable to purchase books.

This was a very fast read for me, the title had me thinking I knew who the killer was and I was waiting for a connection to be revealed only the more I read the more I realized I was wrong.

A very entertaining read and I look forward to more Tourist Trap Mysteries coming soon!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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To find out more about Lynn Cahoon and her books visit her blog here.

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Criminal Confections by Colette London Great Escapes Book Tour – Review/Giveaway

great escape tour banner large criminal confections640My turn today on the Criminal Confections Great Escapes Book Tour!

Criminal Confections Mech.inddCriminal Confections
(A Chocolate Whisperer Mystery)

New Cozy Series
Setting – California
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 27, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617733451
E-Book ASIN: B00M4ASPPG
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Hayden Mundy Moore is an expert on everything chocolate, helping clients develop new products and revamp recipes until they’re irresistible. But sometimes, a dash of murder finds its way into the mix. . .

Hayden Mundy Moore has bushwhacked through African jungles and haggled in exotic markets to find the finest cacao beans and the most flavorful blends. It’s thrilling work but rarely dangerous–until a colleague turns up dead at the exclusive chocolate-themed Lemaître resort spa in San Francisco.

Adrienne Dowling’s heart attack is blamed on an accidental overdose of the secret ingredient used in Lemaître Chocolates’ new line. Hayden can’t believe that conscientious Adrienne would make that mistake. And between chocolate body scrubs, cocoa mud baths, and a non-stop frenzy of chocolate-based treats, Hayden starts to suspect that she, not Adrienne, was the intended target. Finding a killer among the rival chocolatiers and potential suspects won’t just be satisfying–it might save her life. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hayden’s job is to help rescue chocolate companies and their products when their formulas go awry. She is a chocolate expert that has traveled the world honing her knowledge. She seems to enjoy her job but is quite a procrastinator when it comes to paperwork and filing reports. Oh and she is independently wealthy with a financial adviser she has never met in person but he has a wonderful phone voice that curls her toes. She has known Danny forever and he always comes when she calls. He is a hunk with plenty of woman vying for his attention but his relationship with Hayden is strictly platonic.

I enjoyed this story and it has a great theme for a cozy mystery, but I did have some issues with the whole thing. First, Hayden is rich because of an inheritance she received and it has some unusual caveats and many things the reader is kept in the dark about. And Hayden is supposed to be a very intelligent woman but she does some really stupid things.

Next, I was just completely floored by the way the police just wrote off both the first and second deaths as complete accidents. They did relatively minor investigations that left too many unanswered questions.

Lastly, the mystery seems very more complex than it really is. Sadly I had it figured it out very early but kept reading just so that I knew I was right.

The good thing is that the author has all the right ingredients for this series to be a great success. Hayden and her back story needs to be more defined. She needs to be a much stronger protagonist. The other characters are interesting and as the series continues they need to evolve as well. Also the mystery itself needs be bigger, the clues more hidden to keep the reader guessing. The chocolate theme is fantastic as is Hayden traveling to each new assignment. I am very interested in seeing if the author can take the story to the next level in book #2. She has a good start now she needs to run with it.

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Dollycas
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About This Author

Colette London is the pseudonym of a best-selling novelist whose published more than three dozen books worldwide.

Visit her on the web at www.colettelondon.com, friend her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/colette.london.books, or follow her on Twitter @Colette__London

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Tour Participants

February 1 – StoreyBook Reviews – Review

February 2 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – Review

February 3 – Melina’s Book Blog – Review, Guest Post

February 4 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – Guest Post

February 5 – Bea’s Book Nook – Review

February 6 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

February 7 – The Gal in the Blue Mask – Review, Interview

February 8 – Babs Book Bistro – Review, Guest Post

February 9 – MysteriesEtc – Review

February 10 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – Review

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Review – Naked Addiction by Caitlin Rother

NAKED ADDICTIONNaked Addiction
Suspense/Thriller
WildBlue Press (October 7, 2014)
Paperback: 416 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990557388
E-Book File Size: 1204 KB
ASIN: B00NU6AA92
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Tired of working undercover narcotics, police detective Ken Goode wants a transfer to homicide. After the Camus-reading surfer finds the body of a beautiful woman in an alley, he is assigned to head a team of relief detectives with the hopes of proving he is homicide-worthy.

As Goode explores the underbelly of the affluent coastal enclave of La Jolla, California, and its hipster neighbor, Pacific Beach, he clashes with the patrons and employees of a neighborhood bar: real estate agents and beauty school students who have possible ties to an escort service and a drug ring – and keep turning up dead.

The untimely disappearance of Goode’s sister proves a worrisome distraction as he chases suspects and a dogged cub reporter chases him. But Goode doesn’t give up. He is determined to solve this case and land a full time place in the homicide division.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was first introduced to Caitlin Rother’s work through her True-Crime stories, Lost Girls, Dead Reckoning and I’ll Take Care of You so I was already a fan. I knew this book was out there and the author was continuing to improve it and get it published. I am so glad things came together. This book started out as a short story and she used the knowledge she gained from writing True-Crime to make this an outstanding fictional story.

What Rother has given us in a complex mystery that brings together sex, drugs and murder. The story has so many layers and more that a few twists. It is so well-written. The authors years as a journalist shine as she draws the reader into the story.

Police Detective Ken Goode is so good! He is juggling several balls in the air and he tries to solve this murder and his police career comes full circle. He is also a man with a tragic past the has shaped the way he looks at life in general.

Norman Klein, the cub reporter has had this murder investigation story dropped into his lap because the regular crime reporter is out sick. He has the editor riding his back continually to get the story first with all the details, even when the police are not releasing much in the way of details. He goes to some very dangerous lengths to deliver what his boss wants. He clearly is not using his head as he goes places he has no business going.

Like most murder investigations there are several leads and not all of them pan out. The reader is taken behind the scenes and into the procedures followed as the investigation takes many different directions and I was totally surprised with the ending. At one point I thought and I knew the who and the why but I was only right on half of my theory and it was a theory I threw out several times as another suspect came to the forefront. So for me this was a perfect read.

I really like these characters and I hope Rother continues their stories in a future novel or series. She is already off to an excellent start.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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Links to my reviews for:

Dead Reckoning

Lost Girls

I’ll Take Care Of You

To find out more about Caitlin Rother and her books visit her webpage here.

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