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The Cottonwoods by Lyn Farrell #Soptlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


I am pleased to shine my spotlight on this new book from Lyn Farrell,
The Cottonwoods.


The Cottonwoods by Lyn Farrell

About The Cottonwoods


The Cottonwoods
Women’s Fiction/Romance
Camel/Coffeetown/Epicenter Press
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 238 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1942078269
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1942078265
Kindle – ASIN ‏ : ‎ B093TQKXK3

When Amber Bradshaw was twelve, her dying mother made her promise that someday she would find the family treasure brought to the U.S. by her great grandparents during WWI. She’s been left the farmhouse they built but the farm on which it stands is to be sold. If Amber is ever to find the treasure, it has to be soon. She locates her great Grandmother Ina’s journal which speaks of shimmering golden coins, but also tells of her bitterness with her husband who stole her dowry and ripped her from her homeland. It’s an all-too-familiar concept to Amber who struggles with her own resentment about having to become a “mother” to her little sister, Claire, after her mother died. With two men interested in her, a heavy decision to make about Claire’s baby, and an agro-company trying to buy the farm, Amber has big decisions to make. Will she choose the right man? Will she keep Claire’s baby? Will she find the treasure? It’s a landscape strewn with snares and Amber is determined not to put a foot wrong.

About Lyn Farrell

Lyn Farquhar – author name Lyn Farrell – has an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University where she worked for the medical school until her retirement. Subsequently, she published a 7 book series of mysteries with her daughter (pen name Lia Farrell) entitled the “Mae December mysteries”. She then initiated a second mystery series starting with “The Blind Switch.” The second in that series, “The Blind Split” will be released in 2022. Lyn is a master gardener, a “dog mom” to her Cavalier Spaniel, Dezi, and the granddaughter of noted artist Eugene Iverd. She is the mother of two bio daughters, six step-kids, and twelve grandchildren. When she isn’t gardening, writing, spending time with family or playing with Dezi, she searches for the original art by her grandfather.

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Cozy Wednesday featuring Dead as a Duck (A Washington Whodunit) by Colleen J Shogan #Review / #Giveaway – @cshogan276 – Great Escapes Book Tour

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am happy to share my thoughts today about Dead as a Duck!

About Dead as a Duck


Dead as a Duck (A Washington Whodunit)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Publisher: Camel Press (July 14, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078323
ISBN-13: 978-1942078326
Digital ASIN: B08WTPNBD6

Congressional staffer Kit Marshall is looking forward to a much-deserved summer vacation in the Outer Banks. When the mayor of the beach town turns up dead, Kit and her friends need to put their fun and relaxation on hold to help solve the crime.

August has been a busy month for congressional staffer Kit Marshall. She hit the road with her boss, Congresswoman Maeve Dixon, who is considering running for the United States Senate in North Carolina. After endless town halls and meet-and-greets, Kit is happy to end the tour in Duck, an upscale beach town in the Outer Banks.

Before Kit can relax on her much-deserved vacation with her husband Doug, brother Sebastian, best friend Meg, and beagle mutt Clarence, the body of Duck’s mayor is found floating in the shallow waters of the Currituck Sound.

Kit’s brother Sebastian, who got in a public kerfuffle with the victim the day before, becomes the prime suspect. Solving the mystery takes her to popular hotspots in the Outer Banks, including a private tour featuring the wild horses of Corolla.

Kit must sacrifice sun-filled days of relaxation to clear her brother. In the end, Kit and Sebastian put their own lives on the line to secure a confession from the killer and make sure justice is served.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Congressional staffer Kit Marshall has hit the road for a listening tour as her boss, Congresswoman Maeve Dixon,  considers a run for Senate. The tour’s last stop is the town of Duck and Kit is looking forward to sticking around and vacationing in the outer banks with her husband, friends, and her brother. Oh, the dogs have come along too. The last town hall meeting gets out of hand when the mayor is put in the hot seat to answer questions about some of the plans he has initiated and his future plans. Congresswoman Dixon doesn’t get much time at all as the event breaks up when things get out of hand.

Kit barely gets to wind down and start her vacay when she finds the now dead mayor of Duck floating in the Currituck Sound. Because her environmental activist brother Sebastian got into it with the mayor at the town hall meeting and has no alibi matching the time of death he becomes the police’s number one suspect. So instead of hitting the beach Kit hits the town’s businesses and residents to find the real killer and clear her brother’s name. It isn’t an easy task and both she and her brother could end up dead instead of catching the killer.


The author takes her wonderful characters out of Washington D.C. to Duck, North Carolina and I enjoyed that very much. One of our best family vacations was in North Carolina. We did stay on our namesake Caswell Beach but did visit the outer banks on a day trip. We have wonderful memories of the area and I felt bad that Kit’s vacay was marred by murder. She did get to visit a few places but clearing Sebastien was her main focus.

It was fun to see the characters out of their high-pressure element and be able to kick back and relax a little bit.  The dogs had a good time too but one enjoyed the beach much more than the other. They did have to deal with the murder and a couple of characters are faced with a vital decisions so it wasn’t all sunshine and beaches. These characters are all very strong and well-developed. Their interactions are all believable. They really are a fun group of people.

The mystery is very well written. The mayor had ruffled a lot of Duck feathers and it really made sense that the suspect pool was drawn from its residents rather than a tourist after just one meeting but the police seemed remiss about pinning it on a member of the little town. With a more open pool Kit’s snooping lead to some nice twists and turns. I was really kept guessing right up to the very end.

I really enjoy Ms. Shogan’s writing style. It is comfortable and makes her books easy to escape into. Even though politics to a backseat to the mystery this time there was enough for those readers who like the political theme.

Dead as a Duck takes us to a wonderful place with fantastic characters wrapped up in a marvelous mystery. For me, it was definitely a Perfect Escape. The author took me on a nice little escape to Duck and the story had everything I look for is a stellar cozy mystery. Kit has some immense duties coming up as her boss makes a huge decision so I am really looking forward to the next installment of this series too.

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About Colleen J. Shogan

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at numerous universities. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Currently, she’s a Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association. A member of Sisters in Crime, Colleen splits her time between Arlington, VA and Duck, NC.

Authors Prior titles: STABBING IN THE SENATE, HOMICIDE IN THE HOUSE, CALAMITY AT THE CONTINENTAL CLUB, K STREET KILLING, GORE IN THE GARDEN, LARCENY AT THE LIBRARY

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“The mystery is perplexing—for Kit and company, and for me—and well done. I was impressed by the complexity of the murder plot. I enjoyed the political theme, and all the details about lobbyists.” —Jane Reads

“To someone who has mastered that uniquely Washington skill of bobbling two cell phones and a glass of wine without spilling a drop, solving a murder is practically child’s play.” —HillRag

“A solid choice for political junkies and readers of ­Maggie ­Sefton, Fred Hunter, and Mike Lawson.” —Library Journal

“The fourth volume in author Colleen J. Shogan’s simply outstanding ‘Washington Whodunit’ series, K Street Killing is a consistently entertaining read with many an unexpected twist and turn by a true master of the genre.” —Midwest Book Review

“Shogan does a good job depicting the creaky, squeaky wheels of government, and Marshall plays politics and sleuth with equal dexterity in this capital Capitol Hill mystery.” —Publishers Weekly

“Loads of inside scoop about the workings of Senate offices—complete with all the gossiping, back-stabbing, and procedural maneuvering—plus an appealing young sleuth, sprightly pacing, and an edge-of-your-seat showdown on the Hart-Dirksen underground train.” —Literary Hill

“An excellent whodunit…. I was really impressed with this very smart story. The author is a former Senate staffer so she is writing what she knows, less the murder, I hope.”    —Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book

“Readers who enjoy amateur sleuth mysteries written in the style of Agatha Christie will enjoy this promising debut mystery.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books

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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!

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July 25 – 31, 2021


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Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery by B.J. Bowen #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery
by B.J. Bowen

 


I am delighted to welcome Barbara Bowen to Escape to Dollycas today!

Many Musings, Mostly Musical: The Origin Story

By B.J. Bowen

My cozy series, Musical Murder Mysteries, began twenty-five years ago. I was a professional musician and had loved cozy mysteries for years. A symphony orchestra seemed a perfect setting for a mystery, with its intrigue, and air of elegance. At that time, I wasn’t expecting to write seriously, but wanted to let off steam and escape to a different world. I once saw a list of a hundred professions, ranked by the most satisfaction experienced by its employees. Symphony musicians were number seventy-six, just above prison guards at seventy-seven; writers were above that, but I don’t remember exactly where.

When I had the opportunity, I joined a writer’s group. I was awed by the other writers! They were imaginative problem solvers, able to think up twists and turns, while teaching the basics of writing by example. They also taught diligence. You had to have a certain number of pages written, or you couldn’t participate.

When that group disbanded, missing my fellow writers, I put Music is Murder in a drawer and forgot it.

Then the symphony folded, and I had to find another job. The manuscript, when I thought of it, seemed to belong to another life.

It wasn’t until twenty years later, when I quit work to take care of my mother, who had dementia, that I took up writing again. I figured I’d sell the novel and write more to make my living. No problem, right?

After a few rejections, I began to study professional writing. First off, at 25,000 words, my “opus” was way too short. Secondly, writing wouldn’t pay unless you had a following, a publisher or the willingness to self-publish, and were very prolific. And, most importantly, marketing had changed in the era of Facebook, Twitter, and ebooks.

But writing kept me sane. I could go into a world of my own creation and escape monitoring medications, dodging mail scams, and changing the diapers of the woman who had changed mine. So I kept going, expanding the novel: developing the characters, giving them life and backstories, escalating suspense.

Then I found my current writing group. Recommended by a friend and consisting of published writers led by a former English teacher, they encouraged me, nurtured me, and were my friends. I kept at it. They helped me shape up the manuscript, begin to understand modern marketing, and find an agent, who helped me find a publisher.

So, how did the series develop? Playing in the symphony was a place to start. Working out the problems I wrote my characters into forced me to find solutions and gave me an alternate reality. Encouragement from others kept me going and contributed in no small way.

How do your accomplishments find life? Answer in the comments. I’m curious about your responses and look forward to reading your answers.

Thank you, Barbara, for visiting today! 

Keep reading to learn more about Music is Murder!

 

More About Music Is Murder


Music is Murder: A Musical Murder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (June 8, 2021)
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1942078161
ISBN-13: 978-1942078166
Digital ASIN : B08WTLNXJP

When a symphony musician is murdered—bashed with her own bassoon—flute player Emily Wilson becomes the prime suspect. To save herself and secure justice for her murdered friend, she must find the killer.

 

In the close-knit, unforgiving environment of the symphony orchestra Emily makes her way through the tender egos and warped relationships of her fellow musicians to find tantalizing clues. Blackmail, the victim’s abusive ex-boyfriend, an angry neighbor, and a shifty Symphony Board member all lead her to feel she is on the right track.

 

With the dogged Lieutenant Gordon on her trail, she must flee from the police so she can continue her search. She unexpectedly finds a loyal female friend and the possibility of a new man in her life. But she must learn to trust again after her failed and abusive marriage. With time running out, will she be able to evade the lieutenant, face her personal demons, and clear her name?

 

About B.J. Bowen

Barbara Bowen is a freelance writer. She was a finalist and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Focus: Eddy Awards for her article, “Letting Go with Grace,” published in Unity Magazine. Ms. Bowen is also an accomplished professional oboist who played with the Colorado Springs Symphony for nineteen years.

Drawing on her quirky fellow musicians and orchestral experiences, she created the mystery series, “Musical Murders.” The first is “Music is Murder” (Release date, 6-9-21). The second is “Ballistics at the Ballet” (Release date TBA) The third is “Fireworks on the Fourth” (Release date TBA).

She is a member of Sisters in Crime, lives in Colorado with two canine friends, and has a stock of musical puns and a song for any occasion. Contact Barbara at: www.barbarabowenauthor.com or www.bookbub.com/authors/b-j-bowen

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #29 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Illinois, North Carolina, and West Virginia!

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

Escapes Completed


Uncle and Ants: A Silicon Valley Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – October 11, 2018
Setting – California
For the Alphabet Soup July Mini Challenge and Flashback Friday!
My Review


Murder at the Lakeside Library: A Lakeside Library Mystery
by Holly Danvers
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sand Trapped: Book #6 in the Cara Mia Delgatto Mystery Series
by Joanna Campbell Slan
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – May 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Saturday!

Scheduled Escapes


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

by Denise Swanson
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – Illinois
For Review


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 next week!


The Cider Shop Rules (A Cider Shop Mystery)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Cozy Mystery
Release Date – July 27, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
For Review

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July 18 – 24, 2021 


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Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery) by Lesley A Diehl #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A Diehl


It is my pleasure to welcome Lesley Diehl to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Lesley,

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in the country on a dairy farm in Illinois. As far as I’m concerned it was the best place to be as a child, exploring the fields and the woods, being with our animals and developing a love of the smell and look of rural life. So of course all my protagonists are country gals because they also grew up in the country or have adopted the rural life. Although I no longer live on a farm, I have not strayed far from my country roots. The settings for all my work whether full length novels or short stories are in small communities. Right now, as I look out my office window in my small cottage, I am watching a mother robin raise her brood of three. That sight makes me happy and inspires me in my writing. Nothing dark for me, only humorous cozies.

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

I got my undergraduate degree in a small college in Iowa, as I like to tell people, “it was in the middle of a corn field.”

I love to shop; whether in a thrift shop, department store or now online, I’m crazy about clothes and household furnishings. I also love shoes.

Not only do I talk to my cat, but I also talk for him. I’ve always done this with all my cats and have had some of the most intelligent conversations this way.

What is the first book you remember reading?

Here’s an odd one. Next to Nancy Drew and the Dana girls, I read Darwin’s Origin of Species. It was a second edition I found on my grandfather’s bookshelf.

What are you reading now?

I’m into the Country Club Murders, Book 7, Shadow Dancing by Julie Mulhern. It is set in the 1970s, the same period of my Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers works. It’s a favorite decade of mine.

I love that series!

What books have most inspired you?

I love Lori King’s books about Sherlock Holmes and Mary Holmes. I read all of them during the past year. It was my way of traveling in another time and around the world while isolated during the pandemic. They are so carefully researched and so beautifully written. It’s a joy to see how she had created another side to Holmes with her introduction of Mary into his life.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

As you can guess, I began to read mysteries at a young age, first Nancy Drew and then Agatha Christie and then any mystery I found in our small town’s library. I was intrigued by the puzzle these books presented and by the main characters. These were the neighbors one might find in a small town like the one I lived in. I always suspected my real neighbors had hidden lives, ones I’d never know about unless I made them up. Behind the most mundane were secrets waiting to be revealed, and I wanted to expose them. I loved words; I loved to be able to use them to describe the world. Why not use words to write about hidden lives?

Do you have a special place where you like to write?

When I’m in my cottage on the trout stream, I write in my office near the window and get a view of birds in the yard as well as an occasional woodchuck wandering by, a few chipmunks, rabbits, and the daylilies and lilacs in bloom.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Plots just seem to pop into my head sometimes inspired by observations of the world. For example, an alligator hiding under a neighbor’s car in Florida inspired me to write a short story in which a very nasty man got his up and comings when an alligator grabbed his arm.

But characters? Lately, I’ve found that people from my past especially my quirky relatives have found their way into my work.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Sometimes I have a beautiful plot and then some tiny, but significant detail gets in the way and ruins the logic. I usually find my way out of these holes late at night when I can’t sleep.

What do you think makes a good story?

The characters are the most important for me. Without interesting people, the story is nothing. Why continue reading if you aren’t taken with the character? And usually the character helps create the plot.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

In the stories from the six The Killer Wore Cranberry anthologies from Untreed Reads, I write four characters from my childhood, an aunt, two grandmothers and the narrator who is me. The stories are all set in the early 1970s, and the narrator is a woman in her late twenties, the age I would have been at that time. She is a college professor, a farm girl, loves her aunt and grandmothers, is unsure of how to relate to her mother and she struggles with weight and men issues. She is me from that time and age.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

My protagonist is bolder, less refined, less like anyone most of us have met. She loves high end fashion but moves to rural Florida where her punked, gelled and dyed hair and her three inch stilettoes definitely do not fit in. But what is endearing about this gal is her love of family and her loyalty to her friends, and some of her friends like to play loose with the law. There are no dogs, cats, bunnies or hamsters in these stories. There are, however, alligators. How could a writer create a story set in rural Florida without them?

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The trio of relatives inhabiting the Thanksgiving anthology stories (The Killer Wore Cranberry: Books 1-6) and a novella about Halloween (Happy Homicides: Book 4, Fall into Murder) are too good to let go, so I have written a book length mystery with these three crime stoppers. Led by Aunt Nozzie, Grandma Mama and Grandma Papa try to find out who killed their niece Darcie’s colleague and why. It’s yet another riotous ride in an aging motorhome through the hills of Upstate New York. It is currently being considered for publication.

Thank you Lesley so much for visiting today!

Keep reading to find about Lesley’s new book.

About Murder in the Family

Murder in the Family (An Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (April 14, 2021)
Paperback: 214 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817638
ISBN-13: 978-1603817639
Digital ASIN: B08TFDNN14

The past comes back seeking vengeance. To save her family and friends, Novice PI Eve Appel, pregnant with her second child, must outwit the bad guys in a final act of desperation, risking her life and that of the man she’s asked to help her, her mob boss friend, Nappi.

 

Someone is targeting the friends and family of Eve Appel Egret, owner of a rural Florida high-end consignment shop and part-time private investigator. The intimidation includes stealing the horse of one of Eve’s rancher friends, forcing her car off the road, attempting to kidnap her daughter and leaving messages on her phone threatening more dreadful acts to come. Eve almost succumbs to gas inhalation when someone enters the consignment shop and cuts the gas line while she is in the shop. And just when Eve could use the help of her mob boss friend, Nappi, with his far-reaching resources, she discovers he has gone into hiding, himself a target. By the time she finds him, he has lost all his financial assets and his influence, but not his determination to help Eve. It’s clear to Eve that someone from the past has returned to seek vengeance on her and those she loves. Her hunches lead her to believe she can bring the person responsible for the threats into the open by setting a clever and desperate trap. She knows the bad guy will come with reinforcements, but she never counted on who they would be.

 

About Lesley A. Diehl

Cows, Lesley learned growing up on a farm, have a twisted sense of humor. They chased her when she went to the field to herd them in for milking, and one ate the lovely red mitten her grandmother knitted for her. Determining that agriculture wasn’t a good career choice, instead she uses her country roots and her training as a psychologist to concoct stories designed to make people laugh in the face of murder. “A good chuckle,” says Lesley,” keeps us emotionally well-oiled long into our old age.” She is the author of several cozy mystery series and numerous short stories.

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The Blind Switch (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery) by Lyn Farrell #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Blind Switch (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery)
by Lyn Farrell

About The Blind Switch


The Blind Switch (A Rosedale Investigations Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Camel Press (January 12, 2021)
Paperback: 230 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816968
ISBN-13: 978-1603816960
Digital ASIN: B08QBH2BHH

The first book in the Rosedale Investigations series finds Wayne Nichols, our doggedly determined Detective, and his sassy and irreverent partner, Dory Clarkson, starting new jobs as private investigators. Their first client, Cara Summerfield, comes with what appears to be a missing person’s case. Cara got pregnant in high school and baby Danny was adopted. Her husband, Grant, an up-and-coming politician has never been told about the pregnancy. Their only clue is an unreadable return address on a letter sent to Cara from Danny’s girlfriend. Danny is now a racehorse trainer and has been assaulted for non-payment of gambling debts. Cara charges Rosedale Investigations to find Danny and keep his existence completely confidential. When Danny is found, he’s in the ICU and not expected to live. When he passes away, it appears to the pathologist to be natural causes, but Detective Nichols doesn’t buy it. It looks like murder to him.

About Lyn Farrell

Lynda J. Farquhar (penname Lyn Farrell) holds a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in Higher Education/Administration from Michigan State University. Prior to her retirement from MSU, she was a professor in the College of Human Medicine where she worked for 30+ years. When she retired, she returned to her first love, writing, and self-published a YA Trilogy, “Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom.” Subsequently, she and her daughter, Lisa Fitzsimmons, wrote a 7-book mystery series, “The Mae December Mysteries,” published by Camel Press under their joint penname, Lia Farrell. Marketing efforts for the Mae December mysteries, as well as much work by Camel on subsidiary rights, deal with Harlequin, have resulted in sales of 22,000+ (to date) for the series. She is now writing a new mystery series, “Rosedale Investigations.” The first is titled, “The Blind Switch” and was released in January 2021.

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Boarding with Murder (A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery) by Kathryn Long #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @klongauthor


Boarding with Murder
by Kathryn Long

About Boarding With Murder 


Boarding with Murder (A Sierra Pines B&B Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – California
Publisher: Camel Press (March 9, 2021)
Paperback: 220 pages
ISBN-10: 1603817301
ISBN-13: 978-1603817301
Digital ASIN : B08SHLHD2D

Take one quaint B&B, two kind but quirky caretakers, a dead aunt, a murdered friend, and you have mystery. Ali Winston finds she’s inherited trouble along with her aunt’s B&B, but can she reveal the killer before the curtain closes?

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Ali Winston arrives at her Great Aunt Julia’s B&B to find that she has passed away. She is greeted by Julia’s friends, siblings Gladys and Ollie Bellwethers just arriving home after the funeral. The Bellwethers have worked with Julia at the B&B for years. That’s a good thing because there are guests staying there that need attention. Gladys also has questions about Julia’s death but no one takes her seriously until they find another dead body. Ali takes on a volunteer job her aunt was working on prop and set design for a movie production being filmed nearby. Maybe if she keeps her eyes and ears open she can find the murderer because the local police seem to be focused on Gladys and Ollie.

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All the characters in this story have a show-biz connection. Julia was an actress the worked with Cary Grant and Errol Flynn before opening her B&B. Ali’s parents are theater actors, Ali recently lost her job as a researcher for a television show, many others are connected to the movie being filmed. We get to know Ali and the Bellwethers well because they are pretty well fleshed out by the end of the story, leaving plenty of room for growth. There are a lot of other characters introduced as alternative suspects and residents of Sierra Pines. I made myself a character list to keep everyone straight at first. As we get farther into the story the characters become more defined.

The mystery itself is very complicated because Ali doesn’t know any of the suspects and they all seem to be hiding something. I found it hard to focus on one certain person or another just for that reason. I was totally kept guessing right up to the very end. I loved when a major clue was revealed and how it brought everything together. The story was very well-plotted and written with plenty of drama to keep those pages flipping.

I enjoyed the setting of the story as well. Sierra Pines sounds like a beautiful place and the historical victorian B&B would be a wonderful place to stay, without the dead bodies, of course. I loved the author’s descriptions –

Sunlight burst from behind a cloud and played its beam across the pavement. Fallen autumn leaves in rustic colors splashed along the sidewalk, giving the scene a warm glow. In the distance, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains outlined the majestic background. 

Doesn’t that sound like a great place to visit or live.

Boarding with Murder was an intriguing and entertaining read. Ms. Long has given the series a nice start. I want to get to know several characters better so I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the sequel.

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About Kathryn Long

Retired teacher, Kathryn Long now spends her days plotting and writing mysteries. Her most recent credits are romantic suspense novel, A DEADLY DEED GROWS and mystery, BURIED IN SIN. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Under the pen name, Bailee Abbott this author writes the Paint by Murder cozy series, starting with A BRUSH WITH MURDER soon to be released. Kathryn lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Scotland and Virginia!

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

Escapes Completed


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


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


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

Current Escape


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

Scheduled Escapes


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


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

Plus I need to select a Flashback Friday Book!

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March 21 – 27, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Virginia and Maine!

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

Escapes Completed


Win
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 16, 2021
Setting – New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


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


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

Scheduled Escapes


Shucked Apart (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross
Release Date – February 23, 2021
Setting – Maine
For Review


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


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

Future Escapes

March 14 – 20, 2021 


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