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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 2018

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I had a great week of reading and literary travels!
This week I will be headed across the pond, after visits to Michigan and Washington D.C.

Here’s what I read and what

I have planned for this week.

Escapes Completed


Stabbed in the Baklava (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Rooted in Deceit (Greenhouse Mystery)
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
My Review will be up on Thursday!


The Cats Came Back (Magical Cats)
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Minnesota
My Review will be up Thursday!


Goodbye Cruller World (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be posted on Friday!


One Potion in the Grave (A Magic Potion Mystery)
Release Date – October 7, 2014
Setting – Alabama
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


K Street Killing (A Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – July 15, 2018
Setting – Washington D.C.
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


In Want of a Knife: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – September 11, 2018
Setting – Michigan
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Deadly Dram: A Whisky Business Mystery
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Scotland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


This Side of Murder (A Verity Kent Mystery)
Release Date – September 26, 2017
Setting – England
My Flashback Friday Read!


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#Review / #Giveaway – Passport to Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery) by Mary Angela @CamelPressBooks

On Flashback Fridays I will share with you
the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

Passport to Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – South Dakota/Minneapolis
Camel Press (September 15, 2017)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816534
ISBN-13: 978-1603816533
Kindle – ASIN: B0746QGX9R

Start with an unlucky number. Throw in a romantic location. Include a dashing Frenchman and an uncompromising professor. And you have all the ingredients for a passport to murder. This semester, it seems that Professor Prather’s dreams are about to come true. Ever since she was a young girl, she’s imagined going to France, and her French colleague, André Duman, has finally made that trip possible. Over spring break, she and André are to lead a group of students and faculty to Paris to explore the City of Light. But before she can utter her first bonjour, a professor dies, and they are stuck is Minneapolis until they police allow them to go home. She returns to Copper Bluff with an unstamped passport and a mystery to solve. When André becomes the prime suspect, Emmeline puts her research skills to good use, determined to find out who really killed the professor and spoiled their spring break plans. With thirteen travelers assembled, the possibilities are varied and villainous. Luckily, her dear friend and sidekick, Lenny Jenkins, is close by. Together, they will sort through the conflicting clues even if it costs them time, trouble, or tenure.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A trip to Paris sounds delightful. Professor Emmeline Prather is chaperoning the trip with her French colleague, André Duman, for students and other faculty members to the City of Light over Spring Break. After the 13 travelers bus trip to Minnesota, they board the plan for Paris. But they don’t get far before one of the other professors dies and the plane turns around. They have to stay in Minneapolis until the police can rule on the cause of death. Soon, it is declared murder and  André Duman is on the top of the suspect list. Emmeline returns to Copper Bluff determined to do everything she can to find the real killer. She may never get to Paris but she can save her friend.

This mystery starts out at a good clip and doesn’t let up. I read the whole thing in one evening. The mystery is like a closed room mystery a la Agatha Christie. Someone on that plane is the killer. Some of the suspects can be eliminated quickly, but others are hiding things and were sitting close enough to do the deed. The police and FBI zeroed in on one person and tried to make the evidence fit. Emmeline took the correct approach or following the evidence. When a second person dies the case really gets interesting.

Professor Emmeline Prather has a good level head on her shoulders. When she teams up with her friend Lenny, they are unstoppable. She follows the clues, does a little research and presents what she finds to Lenny and they talk it through. He is also around to ask questions she can’t. I enjoy how they work together and that they seem to be getting closer.

I liked the supporting cast, students, and faculty. They are a diverse group in age and backgrounds. They were believable and relatable.

I have read several cozy series set at a college and the author finds a way to make her setting unique. South Dakota is not a typical locale for a cozy mystery and having to travel to nearby Minneapolis opens up a bunch of new places to discover.

The author has given readers a well plotted and well-written story. She has created engaging characters that we can become invested in. I hope to visit Copper Bluff again soon!

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About The Author

Like her protagonist in the Professor Prather mystery series, Mary Angela lives on the Great Plains and teaches college writing and literature. When she’s not grading papers (when is she not grading papers?), she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband have two amazing daughters, one adorable dog, and a cat who would rather not be limited by an adjective. For more information, go to www.maryangelabooks.com.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #35 2018 – New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Body on Baker Street: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Release Date – September 12, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read! My Review


The Trouble with Truth (A Gourmet Cat Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – California
My Review will be up Tomorrow.


Marigolds for Malice (An Enchanted Garden Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – California
Bailey Cattrell will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Wuthering Kites (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Oregon
My Review will be up Thursday!


Passport to Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
Release Date – August 15, 2017
Setting – South Dakota/Minnesota
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Stabbed in the Baklava (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next Tuesday!


Rooted in Deceit (Greenhouse Mystery)
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review


The Cats Came Back (Magical Cats)
Release Date – September 4, 2018
Setting – Minnesota


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Posted in New Release Tuesday

New Release Tuesday – July 2018 – Week #2

Welcome to New Release Tuesday! 

These books are available this week!

July 10
Cozy Mysteries

A Soufflé of Suspicion: A French Bistro Mystery
by Daryl Wood Gerber


Disorderly Conduct (A Maggie McDonald Mystery)
by Mary Feliz


Live and Let Chai (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker


Poisoned Pages (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett


Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert

Suspense Mystery


Bad Time To Be In It (A Blu Carraway Mystery)
by David Burnsworth

Somebody’s Daughter
by David Bell

July 15
Cozy Mystery


K Street Killing (A Washington Whodunit)
by Colleen J. Shogan

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New Release Tuesday – June 2018 – Week #1

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

June 2018 – Week #1

These books have release dates of June 1 – 9, 2018

June 1

Confound It (A Dreamwalker Mystery)
by Maggie Toussaint

June 5

Bought the Farm (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery)
by Peg Cochran


Panty Raid: A Samantha Kidd Humorous Mystery (Style and Error Mysteries)
by Diane Vallere


Picked Off (A Brie Hooker Mystery)
by Linda Lovely


Rockets’ Dead Glare (A Tourist Trap Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon

June 8

As the Christmas Cookie Crumbles (A Food Lovers’ Village Mystery)
by Leslie Budewitz


Cherry Pies & Deadly Lies (A Very Cherry Mystery)
by Darci Hannah

June 9

Underground in Ocean Alley (Jolie Gentil Cozy Mystery Series)
by Elaine L. Orr

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Special Guest – Lesley A. Diehl – Author of Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery) #GuestPost @CamelPressBooks

Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A. Diehl



I am so happy that Lesley Diehl is here today for a visit!

Changes in a Cozy Series Character
by Lesley A. Diehl

People often say they don’t like change. Change requires adjustment, and that’s often difficult. On the other hand, sameness in our lives is unexciting. Changes such as marriage, birth of a child, promotion in a job, graduation from high school or college, a vacation, even purchasing the home of our dreams are usually viewed as bringing happiness or joy, but they also involve alterations to our lives. On the surface getting married would appear to be an almost totally happy experience yet it is accompanied by other, less positive issues such as who pays for the wedding, how much, who is invited, will there be a honeymoon, who has the final say in choosing the bridal gown? Those are just a few, yet humans perceive this day as a to be yearned for milestone in life. Any change alters what has gone before. It modifies our lives, and the accumulation of changes makes us into people we weren’t before we began adulthood. Yet change is what we see as the trajectory of living. As much as we would like to avoid negative events and what they demand of us, we must admit that life would be oh so boring without the reworking and revision we engage in to accomplish what we want or what is demanded of us.

Readers expect development and change in a series character. Rarely do we encounter a protagonist who remains unaltered throughout the series. There are exceptions. We like the Jack Reacher character in Lee Child’s books just as he is when we first meet him. We do not expect nor want him to marry, settle down, get a day job or open a charge account. Reacher, however, is an iconic character in his changelessness. It is what defines him and what attracts him to us.

In cozy mysteries, life changes in the main character are expected. The protagonist arrives in the first book with issues that need to be resolved not only for the reader, but these issues are part of what drives the character as she strives to find her true love, deal with her teenage daughter’s crush on the bad boy in school or exit an unhappy relationship. She may find her husband is cheating, her business may encounter financial problems, or her mother dies suddenly. Cozy mystery writers like to throw many roadblocks in her way as she struggles to live her life. Then, of course, the writer also tosses in a murder for her to solve. The murder is probably the only unique problem the protagonist confronts. All the others are common to many readers’ lives and are the stuff that defines who the protagonist is and the reasons why the reader comes to both like and identify with her.

Protagonists in a cozy mystery series take careful development. Not only does the reader expect resolution of the issues presented to the protagonist in an individual book, but the writer must leave something or somethings unresolved to arise in the next book. The murder will be solved, and the love affair might look as if there will be wedding bells, but as to the latter, does the writer want to begin the second book with marriage or should the protagonist be reluctant to marry? Perhaps book 2 might introduce another love interest? There are a variety of issues both internal to the protagonist and external to her life which can be proposed, resolved or left to the next book. Many of the internal roadblocks to change arise from fears or yearnings within the character and may define the evolution of the character through the series.

In the case of Eve Appel, protagonist in the
Eve Appel mysteries, it appears she has found the love of her life, and her husband’s father, after a long absence, has returned to the family. Great, but I decided to create an in-law problem with a twist when he is accused of murdering the man who might be the father of Eve’s half-sister. Even though Eve’s father-in-law doesn’t like her, and she finds him annoying, her husband’s family hires her as the PI to find out the truth about the murder. There’s trouble in Eve’s own family when she has reason to believe her grandmother has lied to her about her parents’ deaths. I also decided to take Eve back to the Northeast to confront issues which she believes were resolved when she was a child.

One enduring issue for Eve, the one she struggles within each book, is her impulsivity. It is one she now is aware of and works to overcome. Less obvious and subtler is that of distrust arising from Eve’s childhood and loss of her parents. Book 6 Killer Tied reveals this concern to be one Eve must acknowledge and come to grips with as it affects her and the people closest to her.

Killer Tied represents a turning point in Eve’s life from the youthful and adventurous Eve to a woman more mature yet still the old sassy gal she has always been. I want to be careful I don’t violate Eve’s true nature; the person readers want to remain constant. Readers will find the Eve they love, but they will see her as more nuanced and complex than before. Eve takes changes in her life in stride. How could she not? She’s taken on alligators, a Cape buffalo and a whole host of baddies. Eve is growing, and the changes in her make her even more intriguing to the cozy mystery reader.

~Lesley

Than you Lesley for visiting today!

Now let me tell you about Killer Tied.

About the Book


Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Camel Press (March 15, 2018)
Paperback: 264 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813198
Digital ASIN: B0789824WQ

Eve Appel Egret is adjusting to married life with Sammy and their three adopted sons in Sabal Bay, Florida. While still running her consignment stores, she is going pro with her sleuthing by becoming an apprentice to a private detective.

Until her marriage, Eve’s only “family” was her grandmother Grandy, who raised her after her parents died in a boating accident. Now, in addition to her husband and sons, she has a father-in-law who clearly dislikes her. Sammy’s father, a full-blooded Miccosukee Indian long presumed dead, has emerged from the swamps where he’s been living like a hermit, and he isn’t happy about Eve’s marriage to his half-Miccosukee, half-white son.

As for Eve’s family, are her parents really dead? A woman named Eleanor claims to be Eve’s half-sister, born after her mother faked a boating accident to escape her abusive husband, Eve’s father. Then Eleanor’s father turns up dead in the swamps, stabbed by a Bowie knife belonging to Sammy’s father, Lionel. Strange as Lionel Egret is, Eve knows he had no motive to kill this stranger. In order to clear him, Eve must investigate Eleanor’s claims, and she might not like what digging around in her family’s past uncovers.

About the Author

Lesley is a country gal through and through, from her childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois to college in a cornfield in Iowa, Lesley creates sassy, snoopy protagonists who embrace chasing killers in country settings. Lesley writes several series: the Big Lake Murder mysteries and the Eve Appel mysteries both set in rural Florida; the Laura Murphy mysteries located on a lake in upstate New York; and short stories, some featuring a few of Lesley’s unique relatives from back on the farm (Aunt Nozzie and the Grandmothers). She is inspired by an odd set of literary muses: a ghost named Fred and a coyote as yet unnamed. Killer Tied is the sixth mystery in the Eve Appel Mysteries. To read more about Lesley’s unusual and humorous cozy mysteries, go to www.lesleyadiehl.com.

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New Release Tuesday – March – Week #2- 2018

Welcome to New Release Tuesday! 

These books are available this week!

March 13


Death al Fresco: A Sally Solari Mystery
by Leslie Karst


Lethal in Old Lace: A Consignment Shop Mystery
by Duffy Brown


Plain as Day: An Amish Mystery Short Story
by Laura Bradford


Playing With Bonbon Fire: A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery
by Dorothy St. James


Six Feet Under (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
by Tonya Kappes

May 15


Clues in the Sand (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose

Killer Tied (Eve Appel Mystery)
by Lesley A. Diehl

Three Strikes, You’re Dead (An Eddie Shoes Mystery)
by Elena Hartwell

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Six Dogs ’til Sunday (A Mae December Mystery) by Lia Farrell – Great Escapes Book Tour

Six Dogs ’til Sunday (A Mae December Mystery)
by Lia Farrell


Six Dogs ’til Sunday (A Mae December Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Tennessee
Camel Press
Paperback Release (March 1, 2018)
Digital Release (February 15, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603812504
Digital ASIN: B077KFFH52

It’s January in Rosedale, Tennessee, and Mae December is preparing for her March wedding to Sheriff Ben Bradley. Mae, who boards dogs for a living, is also busy tending to her pregnant dog and scouting locations for the movie featuring the music of her former fiancé Noah West, who died in a car accident four years earlier. Fortunately, the picturesque old house at the end of Little Chapel Road is for rent.

Just as filming is about to begin, a man is shot on the set, but manages to drive himself to the hospital, where he dies before he can ID his killer. He was a member of the film crew, but also a local, and circumstances point to his being a confidential informant for Ben’s predecessor, Sheriff Trey Cantrell, also the owner of the house turned movie set. At the time of the shooting, the victim had been stealing a large sum of money from a safe on the premises. Whose money is it, and where does it come from?

The Rosedale Sheriff’s Office not only has another murder case on its hands, but one that will dredge up a past long buried. How far will the guilty parties go to protect their secrets?

About the Authors

Lia Farrell is the nom de plume for a mother/daughter duo of writers. Mom Lyn Farquhar and Daughter Lisa Fitzsimmons have been collaborating on the Mae December mystery series for four years.
lyn
ABOUT LYN
Lyn Farquhar taught herself to read before starting school and honed her storytelling abilities by reading to her little sister. Ultimately, her mother ended the reading sessions because Lyn’s sister decided she preferred being read to over learning to read herself. She fell in love with library books at the age of six when a Bookmobile came to her one-room rural elementary school. The day the Bookmobile arrived, Lyn decided she would rather live in the bookmobile than at home and was only ousted following sustained efforts by her teacher and the bookmobile driver.

Lyn graduated from Okemos High School in Michigan and got her college and graduate degrees from Michigan State University. She has a master’s degree in English literature and a Ph.D. in Education, but has always maintained that she remained a student for such a long time only because it gave her an excuse to read. Lyn holds the rank of Professor of Medical Education at Michigan State University and has authored many journal articles, abstracts and research grants. Since her retirement from MSU to become a full-time writer, she has completed a Young Adult Fantasy trilogy called Tales of the Skygrass Kingdom. Volume I from the trilogy is entitled Journey to Maidenstone and is available on amazon.com. Lyn has two daughters and six stepchildren, nine granddaughters and three grandsons. She also has two extremely spoiled Welsh Corgi’s. Her hobby is interior design and she claims she has the equivalent of a master’s degree from watching way too many decorating shows.

ABOUT LISA
lisa
Lisa Fitzsimmons grew up in Michigan and was always encouraged to read, write and express herself artistically. She was read aloud to frequently. Throughout her childhood and teenage years, she was seldom seen without a book in hand. After becoming a mom at a young age, she attended Michigan State University in a tri-emphasis program with concentrations in Fine Art, Art History an Interior Design.

Lisa, with her husband and their two children, moved to North Carolina for three exciting years and then on to Tennessee, which she now calls home. She has enjoyed an eighteen-year career as a Muralist and Interior Designer in middle Tennessee but has always been interested in writing. Almost five years ago, Lisa and her mom, Lyn, began working on a writing project inspired by local events. The Mae December Mystery series was born.

Lisa, her husband, and their three dogs currently divide their time between beautiful Northern Michigan in the summertime and middle Tennessee the rest of the year. She and her husband feel very blessed that their “empty nest” in Tennessee is just a short distance from their oldest, who has a beautiful family of her own. Their youngest child has settled in Northern Michigan, close to their cabin there. Life is good.

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#Review / #Giveaway – Best of Luck (O’briens) by Corinne Scott – Great Escapes Book Tour @CamelPressBooks

Best of Luck (O’briens)
by Corinne Scott

Best of Luck (O’briens)
Romantic Suspense
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
Camel Press (February 14, 2018)
Paperback: 248 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1603813839
E-Book ASIN: B077JJD7PQ

 

 

Crew Costa isn’t Irish, but for a kid from the school of hard knocks, he’s had the luck of the Irish with his chain of faux-Irish pubs, O’Shaughnessy’s Shenanigans. Number 13 is set to open in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The Bronx is already the site of several authentic Irish pubs, including The Lion O’Brien. Started by Liam O’Brien, the pub is now managed by his youngest daughter Siobhan, but only after her four older brothers refused the job. Now Siobhan has to prove she is worthy.

Siobhan falls for Crew, literally, after they collide while he is moving into her apartment building. Their attraction is immediate and powerful, but they are rivals. Siobhan is counting on the Lion winning the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which Crew has entered as well. The lead-up to the event involves “pranking” your competition, and the older pubs band together against the gaudy newcomer, with its McNaughty the Leprechaun and other cultural stereotypes. For Crew and Siobhan, the pranking quickly gets personal and expensive.

Siobhan and Crew can’t resist the electricity between them, but can Siobhan trust this streetwise charmer? Can Crew trust this daddy’s girl whose overriding passion is her pub? And will the rage brewing among the other pub owners put their lives in danger?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am been anxiously awaiting the next book in this series and I must say it was well worth the wait.

After her brother turned down managing the family pub, the Lion O’Brien, Siobhan takes over the reins. Her father isn’t sure this is the right move but with his recent health scare, he doesn’t have much of a choice. Her first decision is to join the St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. A unique event where patrons travel from pub to pub in teams, drinking, eating and answering trivia questions. She sees it as a fun community event that will draw new customers to the Lion. Then she finds out a chain pub is joining in this year. Crew Costa is set to open is 13th O’Shaughnessy’s Shenanigans and plans to use the Crawl as his grand opening. The man doesn’t have one drop of Irish blood in his body so the other pub owners are quite upset to have him joining their party. So they come together to use the traditional pranking that leads up to the crawl to force him and his bar out of the St. Patty’s Day event.

There is only one problem. Siobhan finds herself drawn to Crew. The romantic tension just radiates between them. Can they seriously be headed for a relationship? or is it just a fun fling leading up to the holiday? Will their relationship make them targets of the pub owners, putting themselves in danger?

Adding romance to the suspense is always good in my book.

We met the O’Brien’s in the first book of this series, Beginner’s Luck. I was captivated by this family right away. I do have a little Irish in my blood and Siobhan’s parents remind me a little bit of my own. Eoin and his wife Vivian are back, newlyweds expecting their first child. The other brothers all make appearances too, but this is Siohban’s story. She is handling her new pub duties very well until she meets Crew Costa and the crawl pranks start. Some causing some costly damage and making her father very unhappy. Crew is a handsome man who had a little criminal activity in his past. That and a little luck got him to where he is today, owning a chain of pubs. The electricity between them is evident immediately, but they are rivals, Siobhan is dedicated to her family, he is rarely in one place for more than a few weeks. They are both such strong people, can they have a real meaningful relationship.

Again Ms. Scott sets the perfect pace to get us invested in her characters. We get to know them so well while she draws us in and then things get not only romantic but suspenseful. Someone is carrying these pranks too far, putting lives in danger. But who is it? I was suspecting everyone right up until the culprit was finally revealed.

I am impressed with the author’s talent to mix her steamy romances with a nice suspenseful mystery and keeping a comfortable balance between the two. She gives her readers a very entertaining story.

Meetings 1 and 2 with the Obrien’s have both been perfect escapes. I am ready for visit 3, If we are lucky we won’t have to wait too long.

Dollycas
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 *Book contains adult language and scenes.

Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course, she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and author. For more information and links to social media, click here.

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Praise for Best of Luck (O’briens)
by Corinne Scott

One of the jewels of Best of Luck for me was the development of the relationship between Siobhan and Crew. This is no run-of-the-mill boy-meets-girl story.
~Back Porchervations

What a great romance novel! . . . The Irish details are enchanting but when added to the romance it really added a nice twist.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #8 2018 – New York, Mississippi and North Carolina

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

New York, Mississippi and North Carolina are on my itinerary this week!

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

Escapes Completed


Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – January 30, 2018
Setting – Indiana
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Cast for Murder (A Veronica Walsh Mystery)
Release Date – February 13, 2018
Setting – New York
Jeanne Quigley will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


The Queen of Hearts
Release Date – February 13, 2018
Setting – North Carolina/Kentucky 
My review will be up Thursday!


A Good Day to Buy (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Release Date – April 25, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
My Flashback Friday Read!

Current Escape


Best of Luck (O’briens)
Release Date – February 14, 2018
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Release Date – February 20, 2018
Setting – Mississippi
Miranda James will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Death by a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery
Release Date – February 13, 2018
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

I need to choose a Flashback Friday book!

 

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas
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