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Cozy Wednesday featuring Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton #Review / #Giveaway @MinotaurBooks

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Today I am featuring Paige Shelton’s new Scottish Bookshop Mystery,
Deadly Editions!


Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Scottland
Publisher: Minotaur Books (April 6, 2021)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1250203902
ISBN-13: 978-1250203908
Kindle ASIN: B08BYDZJ33

A treasure hunt through Edinburgh gives way to a search for a villain terrorizing the city in the sixth Scottish Bookshop Mystery.

It’s a quiet, snowy morning at The Cracked Spine bookshop when bookseller Delaney Nichols receives a mysterious visitor, a messenger. He presents her with a perplexing note: an invitation to a meeting with eccentric socialite Shelagh O’Conner, who requests Delaney’s participation in an exclusive treasure hunt. Delaney is intrigued, but also cautious: Shelagh, while charming in person, has a reputation for her hijinks as a wealthy young woman in the ’70s. She was even once suspected for the murder of a former boyfriend, though ultimately cleared of all charges.

But Delaney is enticed by the grand prize at the end of the treasure hunt: a highly valuable first edition copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. The winner is also to receive the contents of Shelagh’s vast library, and all participants will earn a large sum of cash.

The night after the first meeting of the treasure hunters, however, several homes in Edinburgh are robbed in a manner reminiscent of Shelagh’s old tricks. And when a man connected to Shelagh is killed, suspicion builds. Except Shelagh herself has disappeared from her home, seemingly kidnapped by the villain.

Terror mounts throughout the city as Delaney attempts to solve the mystery while trying to evade the killer’s clutches. But it’s hard to know who to trust when around every corner, a new monster could be lurking.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We return to Edinburgh on a snowy morning. Delaney Nichols loves her job but is a little leery about a message inviting her to meet with socialite Shelagh O’Conner. Shelagh is known for her fantastic library but she also has a questionable past that includes misdeeds and murder. She was cleared of the murder but as a fan of Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, her hijinks still give people pause. Delaney does attend the meeting and is intrigued by Shelagh’s plan for a treasure hunt culminating in a winner take all prize that includes all the books in her library and a large cash award. The quest is to find a unique first edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson. Delaney agrees to take part and is excited to search for the treasure.

Meanwhile, several Edinburgh homes have been robbed similar to those in Shelagh’s past. Is she up to her old tricks or is there a copycat? A murder takes everything up a notch especially because the deceased is connected to Shelagh. Then Shelagh is kidnapped.

So Delaney with the help of her husband Tom, friends Elias, Aggie, and co-workers Rosie and Hamlet are busy trying to decipher treasure hunt clues while trying to find Shelagh and catch a killer all while not becoming the next victims.


I enjoy each visit to The Cracked Spine and catching up with Delaney, Rose, Hamley, and sometimes Edwin. Edwin trusts his staff and has taken a step back from his business. Aggie and Elias are staying with Tom and Delaney while work is being done on their cottage. The two couples get along famously and it nice to see them all together. All these characters are so well-developed and engaging.

The new characters introduced are a diverse bunch. Shelagh’s backstory was very interesting and her home was a unique place. The other characters are all connected to her in some way and many become worthy suspects.

I found the treasure hunt part of the story very entertaining. Visiting the different pubs searching for clues was fun. The pubs ranged from traditional to modern and all the descriptions provided crystal clear images. Other settings were also wonderfully described. I love Tom and Delaney’s home including their new library reading area. I am sure they will spend many hours there as would I if I had such a fantastic place.

The kidnapping and murder mysteries are very well-plotted. The plot and subplots are all intricately woven together. The tie-in to Jeckyl and Hide really added something unique to the story. Twists upon twists lead up to an exciting reveal that kept my eyes glued to the pages. Delaney’s unique “bookish voices” always make me smile as she tries to figure out what they are trying to tell her.

Paige Shelton writes stories that are so easy to escape right into. Deadly Editions was no exception. I was captivated from the first page to the last. As soon as I turned the final page I was already missing these characters. Until next year, Ms. Shelton. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next Scottish Bookshop Mystery.

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About The Author

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com



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Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4 by Avery Daniels #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @My_AveryDaniels


Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
by Avery Daniels

I am so happy to welcome Avery Daniels to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Avery!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a Colorado native who loves the mountains and low bug population but hates the snow and cold. I have been a bookworm since second grade.  Around that time, I ended up having to get glasses (a social nightmare at the time) and my mother was old-school.  She got me cat-eye-shaped glasses when the aviator style was the trend.  I ended up busting them and claiming it was an accident.  I still feel guilty about that.

I was raised by a single mother and a live-in grandmother.  They were both voracious readers of mostly historical fiction.  We discussed the books we were reading at the dinner table.  I learned a lot about history and was the oddball third grader who could recite Henry VIII’s wives and how they died.  I still love history and read a lot of historical mysteries.

I paint in watercolor or acrylics and am an amateur photographer.  I also do scrapbooking and card making.  I must have a thousand sheets of colorful crafting paper and around two hundred rubber stamps!  I volunteer at a cat shelter, which is where I adopted my two black cats.  They are brothers who are bonded and never parted.  I spoil them and love them to bits.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

1) According to Myers Briggs, I am an off-the-charts introvert.  Which made being a corporate adult trainer a challenge!

2) I was turned down to join a convent!  Long story (I was just out of high school) and seems sooo long ago.  The mother superior was very nice about it, but she was correct that it wasn’t for me.

3)  I had kidney stones when I was just eleven years old.  The doctors were shocked someone so young had gotten them.  That’s me, a medical wonder!

What is the first book you remember reading?

Oh my, that is very difficult.  I think it was a Dr Seuss, but I can’t remember which one.  I was reading by myself at that point.  I love Dr. Seuss, but then who doesn’t?  Seriously?

What are you reading now?

Steve Berry’s The Kaiser’s Web and Dianne Freeman’s A Lady’s Guide to Mischief and Murder.  I read multiple books at a time.  At one point in high school, my record was eight books simultaneously without confusing them.  I finished all of them.  It depends on what I’m in the mood for at that moment.

What books have most inspired you?

Jonathan Livingston Seagull and The Celestine Prophecy have inspired me on a deep level.  As for inspiration as an author, there are so many.  But I have been a long-time fan of Mary Stewart, from her YA mysteries, her adult suspense novels, to her genius Merlin trilogy.  I loved her gutsy female characters before that was a thing, and she made the setting a character too.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

They say to write in the genre you read most often, and that is mysteries.  I read the occasional high fantasy (Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Paolini) or science fiction (Star Trek or Star Wars type books), but mysteries of all sub-genres I enjoy most.  Initially, I started writing a suspense thriller, after finishing three cozy mysteries I finally finished the thriller (under the pen name C.G. Abbot).

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Other than during Covid, I have a coffee shop downtown where I live.  It is a college hangout but draws an eclectic crowd.  I love it there; I even have my favorite table to sit at and set up my laptop.  I love the background noise, plus it is great to people watch and pick up gestures or nuances that come in handy for characters.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Pretty much anywhere.  Arrowed I got the idea for a major part of it from a business magazine on Venture Capital Firms.  I find tidbits in the news, current or past.  I find myself in discussion with others and I’ll say, “Oh, I have to use that in a book!”  Of course, remembering that tidbit is the hard part.  I have to email or text myself!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Hahaha, the marketing!  For an extreme introvert, this is a challenge right here.  Book signings are harder.  I keep hoping when I do a book signing that I will meet somebody I know from my newsletter subscribers or Goodreads (I’m pretty active there) so I’ll feel like I kind of know them already.  If you get the chance to meet me at a book signing, give me a hug.  It makes a big difference and I feel more comfortable with a person after a hug.

What do you think makes a good story?

Of course, a tight plot, well-developed characters, spot-on pacing, and I personally love the setting being another character because it is so integral to the story.  For murder mysteries, I love a harrowing killer reveal, gets the blood pumping!

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

At this point, Julienne.  She is the main character in the Resort to Murder series.  She plays Clarinet and that is the only instrument I ever learned to play.  We both want to travel a lot and enjoy learning about other cultures.  We both love Santa Fe!

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

Besides a luxury resort in every book? I don’t have a few of the standard tropes.  I want Julienne to have a pet, but about every other book I set at a different resort (away from her home resort).  With the traveling, I have a hard time with her having a pet.  I think I’ll just have a cat adopt her and work around her being gone. So, stay tuned for how Julienne gets a pet!!!  I also don’t have a policeman as her boyfriend.  Mason is former military, works as a bodyguard for hire, is building his professional photography business, and plays high-stakes poker for fun.  I do have Julienne’s best friend dating a policeman, though.  Julienne lives in a community with several quirky mature residents who are busy body’s when it comes to her love life.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I am developing the plot for a new cozy paranormal series (Accidental Vampire PI) that will feature a self-help reading newbie vampire.  I am looking forward to this new series.  I’m already putting ideas down for the next Resort to Murder novel, Stoned, that will take place in a New England historic luxury resort.  And I’m slowly working on plotting the second Elizabeth Grant thriller, The Legacy, under the C.G. Abbot pen name.  I don’t know how much I will get done this year.  I had set a goal of four books this year, but I may have set that bar too high.  We will see how many I manage.

Thank you, Avery, for stopping by today.

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About Arrowed


Arrowed: Resort to Murder 4
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Publisher: Blazing Sword Publishing Ltd. (March 1, 2021)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1735566314
ISBN-13: 978-1735566313
Digital ASIN: B08T8GBDBP

It all began when a dying man with an arrow in his chest grabs her ankle.

 

During a heatwave at a Santa Fe resort, Julienne has the resort owner pressuring her to solve the murder. The victim is a high profile businessman who made enemies rather than friends, leaving Julienne with a roster of suspects. She was supposed to be training the staff and spending quality time with Mason rather than investigating a murder. The heat turns up when an old girlfriend of Mason’s checks in and is determined to get back together.

 

More About Avery Daniels

Avery Daniels was born and raised in Colorado, graduated from college with a degree in business administration and has worked in fortune 500 companies and Department of Defense her entire life. Her most eventful job was apartment management for 352 units. She still resides in Colorado with two brother black cats as her spirited companions. She volunteers for a cat shelter, enjoys scrapbooking and card making, photography, and painting in watercolor and acrylic. She inherited a love for reading from her mother and grandmother and grew up talking about books at the dinner table.

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The plot was well-developed with a cast of intriguing supporting characters and a cleverly layered murder mystery to solve.
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I was turning the pages and enjoying every minute . . . It was refreshing to read a book where the Sleuthing Main Character wasn’t downed at every turn by the boyfriend and law enforcement!
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Filled with lots of excitement, you will not be disappointed with this one. It’s a fairly quick read and loaded with mystery!
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“Arrowed” was a quick, easy read and a fun way to spend several hours . . . Looking for a light, easy cozy with a little romance? This is your book. 🙂
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Shucked Apart (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross #Review

Shucked Apart (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (February 23, 2021)
Paperback: 240 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717961
ISBN-13: 978-1496717962
Kindle ASIN: B089N3KK89

The Snowden Family Clambake Company has a beloved reputation in Busman’s Harbor, Maine. Almost as famous is the sleuthing ability of proprietor Julia Snowden, which is why an oyster farmer seeks her out when she’s in trouble.

When Andie Greatorex is robbed of two buckets of oyster seed worth $35,000, she wonders if somebody’s trying to mussel her out of business. Could it be a rival oyster farmer, a steamed former employee, or a snooty summer resident who objects to her unsightly oyster cages floating on the beautiful Damariscotta River? There’s also a lobsterman who’s worried the farm’s expanding lease will encroach on his territory and Andie’s ex-partner, who may come to regret their split. Before Julia can make much headway in the investigation, Andie turns up dead, stabbed by a shucking knife. Now it’s up to Julia to set a trap for a cold and clammy killer . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s almost time for The Snowden Family Clambake Company to open for the season. Manager Julie Snowden should be hiring employees and making sure everything is in place to open but her boyfriend Chris has asked her to help one of his poker-playing friends.  First, Julie was to cover her surprise that his friend, Andie Greatorex is a woman, and then she has to figure out why Chris thinks she can help her.  Andie is an oyster farmer and she was attacked and robbed of 2 buckets of oyster seed (spat) valued at $35,000. There are several would-be suspects but before Julia has time to do much legwork she finds Andie dead. The suspects remain the same but Julia feels time is of the essence if she is going to catch the cold-blooded killer.


I have never eaten an oyster, the sliminess just turns me off, so I never really thought about where oysters came from or were cultivated. Ms. Ross gives us a delightfully detailed account of what it means to be an oyster farmer. It was very interesting but while I am sure many love the delicacy, no, I still won’t be eating any. I like many other forms of seafood so I can handle missing out on a few oysters. Ms. Ross also shines a light on how important tourists are to these small towns.

I really enjoyed catching up with Julia before the season starts. Because of the timing, all the usual characters do not make an appearance or just make cameos but a major change does occur within these pages. A change that made this reader pretty happy. We are introduced to several new characters and the author does an excellent job making them relevant to the mystery.

The murder this time takes place in Damariscotta, not too far from Busman’s Harbor. Ms. Ross’s descriptions really make every setting come alive. I was intrigued by several places including a few homes. Life along the river was very easy to visualize.

This was another complex mystery full of red herrings and surprises. The pace started a little slow but picks up nicely as the story continues and Julia starts to eliminate suspects. Julia is a fine sleuth and tagging along with her this time was extra fun. We both figured out the real culprit at the same time and almost too late.

I love the way Barbara Ross tells a story. She draws you in with the fantastic characters you have become invested in over the series and she tangles them up in a complicated mystery that holds you tight until the final page.

This is one of my favorite series. Shucks, Shucked Apart is a captivating cozy that takes readers on a mini-vacation to the beautiful coast of Maine.  I have enjoyed every trip and plan to return as soon as the next book is released.

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About The Author

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, including the Agatha-nominated Best Contemporary Novel Clammed Up, as well as Boiled OverMusseled OutFogged Inn, Iced Under and Stowed Away Steamed Open is the latest book in this series. Her story “Nogged Off” appears in the holiday novella collection Eggnog Murder along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. In the summer, she writes on her big front porch overlooking the water in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. You can visit her website at http://www.maineclambakemysteries.com


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Moving and unpacking are still playing havoc with my reading time.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Florida and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


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


Deadly Editions: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Scotland
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday!


Big Little Spies (A Paws & Claws Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – April 6, 2021
Setting – Virginia
My Review will be up on Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes

The Hasidic Rebbe’s Son: A Becks Ruchinsky Mystery
by Joan Lipinsky Cochran
Release Date – March 30, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Saturday!


Flea Market Felony: A Cozy Mystery Novel (The Mattie and Mo Mysteries)
by Tricia L. Sanders
Release Date – March 31, 2021
Setting ???
For Review


The Corpse Who Knew Too Much (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 29, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

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All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries) by Diane Bator #Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @dibator


All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
by Diane Bator

I am so happy to welcome Diane Bator to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Diane, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a writer, playwright, and mom who works in theatre by day and writes every chance I get. I have four mystery series Im currently working on: Wild Blue Mysteries, Gilda Wright Mysteries, Glitter Bay Mysteries, and Sugarwood Mysteries.

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

I am a mom to three young men and two cats.

Ive written one play and am working on a second one.

I have also written a couple of fantasy novels that I have yet to publish.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember having lots of Little Golden books as a kid. Aside from every Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew mystery I could get my hands on, I read a Sidney Sheldon novel, I think it was The Other Side of Midnight, that I was totally absorbed in until the ending. Someone had torn out the last few pages and I was livid!!

What are you reading now?

Kenora Reinvented by a Canadian author Hyacinthe M. Miller who I got to meet right before lockdown last year.

What books have most inspired you?

I grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but Ive read so many books that Ive thought I could do this! such as Lillian Braun Jacksons The Cat Who books and Janet Evanovichs Stephanie Plum series. I loved their styles and the humor.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Ive always loved to read them but never actually thought about writing them until I took part in a contest called Mystery in Ink put on by a small publisher in North Bay, Ontario. We had to use a murder mystery party game and write 10 chapters, each from the perspective of a different character. I loved it! And I won! My very first published book was that little novella called Murder on Manitou, which I plan to re-release one day soon. I was hooked!

Do you have a special place you like to write?

I used to love to write in a local coffee shop but I have written practically everywhere! Trying to write with three kids around, I learned to summon the muse wherever I stopped for a minute. Even while I was cooking dinner!

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. Ive had ideas come from dreams, from conversations, from seeing photographs or memes, you name it. My latest play idea hit me while I walked from my office ten feet down the hall to my living room. I had it outlined fifteen minutes later. It doesnt always happen that fast, but when inspiration hits it can be like a runaway train!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Im great with getting the story going but sometimes figuring out whodunit can be a bit tricky. Other times, Ill know the ending and have to work backward. For me, there is no formula. The story comes as it comes. I think my biggest challenge is in the details of bringing the setting to life. I enjoy writing dialogue which makes playwriting so much fun for me as well.

What do you think makes a good story?

To me what makes a good story are strong characters, a few great plot twists, and that the story is believable. I once read a book where the bad guy had his leg nearly bitten off by an alligator, yet he got back up and chased after the hero. A good story should draw a reader in and not let them go until the end.

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

I know its cliché, but theres always a bit of the author in every character, especially our protagonists. I most relate to two of my main characters:  Gilda in my Gilda Wright Mysteries and Sage Miller in the Glitter Bay series. Both have had heartbreak and struggles, yet they dont roll over and give up. In each book, Gilda finds a little more of the inner strength she needs to recreate her life, which is something Ive had to do over the past few years.

Meanwhile in All That Shines, Sage is slowly discovering that she has a lot more to offer the world than she knows. Thanks to her sister and her new best friend, shes becoming more confident and empowered. As for me, Im becoming more confident in my books and my writing ability and trusting in my dreams.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

The great thing about writing is that there is always another book! Im currently editing a whole new mystery for a whole new series. Ive also written my first play. Since I work in a professional theatre, theres a good chance Ill be able to have it workshopped and possibly even performed. Fingers crossed!

Thank you, Diane, for visiting today.

Keep reading to find out all about Diane’s new book.

About All That Shines


All That Shines (Glitter Bay Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: BWL Publishing Inc. (March 1, 2021)
Print Length: 250 pages
Digital ASIN: B08W2J3LBQ

When Sage Miller’s sister Laken decides to host a fashion show as a grand opening for the new location of Vintage Sage, she’s not amused. Even less so when she discovers her sister hired a Hollywood fashion designer to help. Not only does the designer show up in the middle of renovations, but he drags along his protégé.

 

Then she finds Sebastian Hayward III, dead in her store.

 

Suddenly it seems half of Los Angeles—all unwelcome guests from Laken’s past—appear in Vintage Sage seeking something Sebastian had in his possession. Sage has to deal with renovations, a fashion show, and a murder before she and Laken come unglued.

 

More About Diane Bator

Diane Bator is the author of several mystery novels—and series. She’s a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime Toronto, International Thriller Writers and the Writers Union of Canada. When she’s not writing, she works in a small, professional theatre which will one day be subjected to immortality in a whole new series.

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#FlashbackFriday – A Waffle Lot of Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory #Review / #Giveaway

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when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


A Waffle Lot of Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in the Series
Setting – Florida
Publisher: Lyrical Press (October 6, 2020)
Paperback: 208 pages
ISBN-10 : 151611048X
ISBN-13: 978-1516110483
Digital ASIN : B082WR2ZHJ

For diner owner Gia Morelli, her seasonal fall menu calls for two main ingredients—maple syrup and murder . . .

While the first hints of autumn grace Boggy Creek, Florida, Gia misses the colorful harvest traditions she left behind in New York. On a scramble to make new fall memories—and promote her irresistible pumpkin spice waffles—things take a dark turn when she gets roped into the Haunted Town Festival, a spooky celebration held on deserted farmlands. The desolate area conjures plenty of eerie vibes at night, but Gia and her best friend, Savannah, are nearly frightened to death upon the discovery of the event organizer’s body buried in the nearby woods. More alarming, the local rumor mill says the woman’s shady dealings may have egged someone into sending her to an early grave. Now, there’s no shortage of creepy clues to feast on as Gia and her pals try to stop a killer with a very scary appetite . . .

Includes recipes from the All-Day Breakfast Café!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Fall in Florida is so different from fall in New York, but Gia is hoping to adjust. She receives an invitation to take part in the Haunted Town Festival, a fundraiser for the local animal shelter. She is unsure if she wants to get involved but her BFF Savannah twists her arm telling her it would be a great promotion for the cafe and her new pumpkin spice waffles. The event takes place outside of town where there are several abandoned houses and farmland. Gia and Savannah schedule an appointment with the woman in charge of the event to see exactly what participation entails. They arrive at the festival site but the woman doesn’t show up but they do find her phone. Turns out the organizer did arrive but she was murdered before their appointment. Will the festival be canceled? Is the killer still around? Gia and her friends soon find themselves caught up in another murder case.


All my favorite characters return in this 4th installment of the All-Day Cafe Mystery series. Savvanah and Gia take some scary risks in their endeavor to catch a killer instead of leaving the investigation in the police boyfriends’ hands. At one point they even discuss the danger –

“Not a chance.” . . . There’s a fine line between being brave and being too stupid to live, and I have no intention of crossing that line. Again” 

But sometimes the adrenaline kicks in or a situation presents itself that makes it hard to walk away. Of course, being in a dark creepy woods with who knows how many men and beasts could be hiding there should be a deterrent but these characters go full speed ahead.. I did appreciate that they did try to abstain from getting too involved at first, but it wouldn’t be a cozy mystery if the characters didn’t get involved and in trouble before the story ends.  I was surprised that one character was involved and that they had just a little bit of a transformation because of it. I really like Earl, he is Gia’s best customer and a true friend. Even Thor, Gia’s Bernese Mountain Dog, gets involved in the case. Ms. Gregory has created a core group of dynamic characters. They are all believable and relatable.

We also meet several new characters connected with the Haunted Town Festival. Among them is a variety of suspects. Not knowing these people well made asking them questions difficult but Gia wouldn’t give up and she may have pushed too hard. I really enjoyed each twist and that there was more going on than originally presented. The deceased had made some real enemies and I was captivated as the whole sordid tale was revealed. The author has written a tangled web, so much so, my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd guesses at the killer were all wrong.

I loved that the story took place over Halloween and that the fundraiser was to benefit the animal shelter. A wonderful cause and an exciting fundraiser idea.

I can’t get Pumpkin Spice Waffles off my mind. I am actually craving them, but because I read this book months after it was released means I am out of pumpkin spice season. Another reason not to get behind on a series. LOL, thankfully there is a recipe in the back of the book. I am hoping to get our family chef, aka my husband, to whip up a batch.

A Waffle Lot of Murder was a fabulous story filled with action, drama, and suspense. I enjoy the way Gia has made a home in Boggy Creek and has made so many friends. I have become invested in every one of them and am excited to read Whole Latte Murder when it is released next month.

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About Lena Gregory

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island. She recently relocated to Clermont, Florida with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

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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.

_______

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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The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series) by Elizabeth Pantley #Interview /Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


The Disappearance of Emily
(Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
by Elizabeth Pantley


I am so happy to welcome Elizabeth Pantley to Escape with Dollycas today!

Hi Elizabeth, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve written parenting books for the past twenty years, but always had fictional stories rolling around in the back of my head. My wish was to someday write fiction – and now I am!

What are three things most people dont know about you?

My favorite vacation spot is Disneyland! I take my mom there every year and the two of us have a we’re-kids-again week. Obviously we didn’t get to go in 2020 – so I guess that means we can go twice once they open back up again, right?

My kids all hike, camp, and climb. Last year they took me out to climb my first mountain – and I loved it!

I used to be a darn good skier. But now, I don’t like to be cold, so I rarely ski.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I’ve always been a voracious reader! Some of my childhood favorites were the Boxcar Children, Black Beauty, Chronicles of Narnia, and The Secret Garden.

What are you reading now?

I’m always reading three or four books at a time, and I’ll pick one depending on my mood! Currently, it’s Give up the Ghost by Jane Hinchey, Bridgerton The Duke and I by Julia Quinn, and Magic & Misfits by Annabel Chase.

What books have most inspired you?

I read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino in college and discovered it really wasn’t about sales at all, but about believing in yourself and your goals. It’s a small book with big impact.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?
I love reading cozy mysteries! I enjoy the puzzle of the story without the gore, fear, or details of thrillers. It suited my story-telling style.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

As long as I have a cup of tea and my laptop, I can write anywhere. My surroundings fade away and I see my story unfold in my mind – almost like a movie.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Real-life, the newspaper, books I’ve read, dreams. All of it merges once I’ve got a plotline and begin to let the story swirl around in my head.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?
The sales, marketing, and bookkeeping! It would be fun just to write, write, write, but the business end must be handled, too!

What do you think makes a good story?
Interesting characters, world-building of a place I’d love to visit, with a touch of humor and fun. And of course, a happy ending.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?
I’d like to think I’m like my adventurous main character, Hayden, or her quirky sidekick cat, Latifa! However, in reality, I’m probably more like the grande dame of the family, Eleanor. Always serious, in control, making lists, and running things.

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

Destiny Falls is a fascinating, enchanted place filled with quirky characters. The stories have a deeper intrigue that goes far beyond the murder. It’s an experience and an adventure as much as it is a mystery.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m deep into writing the next book in the series: The Ghost Camper’s Tall Tales. I’m having an absolute blast with the new ghost character!

Thank you so much for visiting today, Elizabeth.

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About The Disappearance of Emily

The Disappearance of Emily (Destiny Falls Mystery & Magic Series)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Independently Published (March 15, 2021)
Number of Pages 250
Digital ASIN: B08MDZDQY7

Hayden has settled into her alternate, magical new home of Destiny Falls. She’s learning about the people here and the enchanted place, but something is amiss. When too many things occur to call them coincidences, all signs point to the mysterious disappearance of her mother – way back when Hayden was just two days old. Could it be connected to the mysterious ferry? Can she identify and eliminate the threat before another person in her life is stolen away?

More About Elizabeth Pantley

Elizabeth Pantley is the internationally bestselling author of The No-Cry Sleep Solution and twelve other books for parents. Her books have been published in over twenty languages. She lives near Seattle and is the mother of four and nana to one. This is her first work of fiction.

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The growing family connections, the friendships, and the beautiful setting lured me in and the mysterious secrets yet to be uncovered make me eager for the next installment.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

The Disappearance of Emily is a clean cozy mystery filled with magic and mystery. You will be enchanted with the wonderful, sometimes mysterious characters. And, most of all, you’ll be swept away by the mesmerizing town of Destiny Falls.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

The book is quite interesting. There is a murder, a kidnapping, and lots of family bonding. I’m not quite sure how I feel about the various characters other than I must feel as Hayden does – not entirely sure about who to trust.
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I felt like this book expanded my knowledge about Destiny Falls and the Caldwell family but it also left me with a few more questions than answers so I can’t wait for the third book to discover more about this little town.
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Cozy Wednesday featuring Truffles and Tragedy: A Down South Cafe Mystery by Gayle Leeson #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @GayleTrent

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Truffles and Tragedy: A Down South Cafe Mystery Book
by Gayle Leeson

About Truffles and Tragedy


Truffles and Tragedy: A Down South Cafe Mystery
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Virginia
Publisher: Grace Abraham Publishing (March 16, 2021)
Number of Pages: 295 (approximately)
Digital ASIN: B08VMM8F27

Down South Cafe owner Amy Flowers learns her chocolate truffles might not be the only things her patrons find “out of this world.”

 

When her cousin, Jackie, asks her to give a presentation to her online class, Amy thinks all she has to worry about is speaking before a group. But then the nitpicky professor collapses. He has been murdered, and hot-tempered Jackie is the prime suspect. Some online forums are even speculating that the professor was an extra-terrestrial, so Amy must sort out fact from fiction to get to the truth.

 

Certain the real killer is setting Jackie up, will Amy be able to outwit the killer and save her cousin?

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Amy and Jackie work side by side day in and day out and Amy is thrilled that Jackie has gone back to school. Jackie has been known to get her hackles up when she has been wronged which is why she was overheard arguing with her professor over a grade. The prof did not back down so Jackie hopes that her presentation with Amy in the next class boosts her grades.

Amy just begins her talk to the online class when the professor keels over dead with the whole class watching on their screens. Because of their argument, Jackie finds herself topping the suspect list. The professor seems to have a sketchy background, heck an online forum taunts that he just may be an extra-terrestrial. Jackie was clearly set up, Amy just has to find the killer or alternative suspects with motive, means, and opportunity. How hard can that be?


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I do love these characters. Amy has a huge heart and with her cousin in trouble, she is pulling out all the stops to help her. It’s hard when the evidence is stacking up and her deputy sheriff boyfriend is caught between a rock and a hard place. Everyone is trying hard to not let Aunt Bess know what is going on with Jackie because her reaction could be volatile. You never know what that lady will do, but she always makes me giggle.  There’s also a surprise wedding reception in the works for two of the cafe’s regulars so Amy’s hands are full. All the characters are so relatable. They play well off each other and even with all the tragedy, there is time for truffles and humor. Some courtesy of a little bandit. Homer is still my favorite. His Heroes of the Day are always inspiring and uplifting.

The author introduces several new characters for this story. One is downright snooty. Poor Amy did her level best to hold her tongue as long as possible. Most of them played into the mystery. It was not an easy one to solve. There were some epic twists. I chased each clue right along with Amy and was still surprised as all was revealed. I did really enjoy the elopement subplot and what it entailed for Amy.

Of course, there was plenty of food talk.  It is A Down South Cafe Mystery and they serve up delicious faire all day long.

Truffles and Tragedy checks every cozy mystery box for me. It is an excellent addition to this series. I can’t wait to see what the gang at the Down South Cafe gets mixed up in next.

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Gayle Leeson is a pseudonym for Gayle Trent. Gayle has also written as Amanda Lee and Gayle Trent. Going forward, Gayle intends to keep her writing under the Gayle Leeson name. She lives with her beautiful family in the hills of Southwest Virginia.

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Author Gayle Leeson gives the reader some great characters and a great plot/storyline. I enjoyed meeting Amy. I love a book with likable characters and Amy is one.
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Gayle Leeson grabs your imagination and whisks you away to the Down South Cafe before you can blink!
~A Wytch’s Book Review Blog

The author does a great job disguising the murderer and the motive along with everything else related to the mystery.
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Full of tension and devious twists, maybe even some alien intervention, the whole story mixes into a delicious concoction.
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Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery) by Katherine H. Brown #Spotlight / #Giveaway / #AuthorInterview – Great Escapes Book Tour


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
by Katherine H. Brown

 

Hi Katherine. Welcome to Escape With Dollycas.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello! I’m a wife, mom, stepmom, and Texas author. I love to read so many genres, though I write cozy mystery, clean romance, and some children’s / middle grade. I constantly have WAY too many ideas and works in progress, so this year I’m trying to focus on completing one thing at a time and being more efficient with my writing. I love brownie batter and ice cream, tea, and reading at the beach.

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

I often think of a whole random scene to a book that I hadn’t even thought about writing. (Never something convenient like the scene I’m stuck on for a book I’m actually in the middle of.)

I will eat almost half of the brownie batter before I ever put it in the pan to bake. Every time.

I really, really wish I was able to draw or sketch even slightly decent so that I could illustrate some of the books I’m writing for my baby girl.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I remember lots of Dr. Seuss books being read to me. I also remember checking out The Wishing Tree from our local library when I was a very little kid. Little Golden Books are also a vivid memory.

What are you reading now?

I just finished Manners & Monsters, I’m using A Visitors Guide to Victorian England for research, and I’m slowly reading the Mother Daughter Book Club series with my oldest daughter.

What books have most inspired you?

Honestly, I think a love of reading and escaping into someone else’s life is what inspires me. I can’t name one specific book.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

My brain is always concocting murder and getaway plots or making up motives for random people in regular life, plus an enjoyment of reading mysteries, so those two things led me to decide that was the most fitting genre to begin my writing career with.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

When on vacation, I love to write early in the morning on the beach when very few people are out yet. For ordinary days, I have an eleven-month-old so writing at this point takes place very quietly in my bedroom during her naptime as I keep a close eye on the baby monitor and hope she sleeps a long time each day. 😉

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

I would have to say most of the plot ideas come from just some overactive area in my imagination. I don’t think any of my mysteries were spurred by something in life. Some of the characters may pick up little traits of people I know or of other characters that I’ve absolutely been drawn to.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

Besides the new time crunch factor in my life, I find that as do many authors, I struggle a lot with self-doubt and comparison. I love so many of the books that I read, that I always fear mine don’t measure up, even when I get compliments or good reviews on them. I must say it is also easy for me to become engrossed in the character’s day to day life, so I have to watch out for that when I’m writing descriptions.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a good story is made up of characters that you either want to be or meet, and a journey that keeps you guessing.

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

Piper, the main character in my Ooey Gooey Bakery mystery series is probably most like me, even down to the pocket knife that she carries. I’ve been known to have a knife on my person, even if I have to clip it to my bra when wearing a dress.

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

For one thing, I integrated some factual information about human trafficking awareness and reporting into the backmatter of my books because it is such an evil practice that hasn’t always been recognized as occurring in areas all over the world, including our own country and states.

Another thing that may make my books a little different is that while the mystery wraps up in each book, there is sometimes a relationship cliffhanger for the characters.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’m excited to be writing a historical cozy mystery for the holidays later this year, as well as beginning to venture somewhat into clean romance (that whole engrossed in the character’s lives made me want to see how I feel about writing something where the mystery isn’t the main focus).

I also have a bit of a different standalone mystery novel that I’m working on that involves a librarian and Ireland. It is going to be great if I can shove out my self-doubt and get really digging into it next month as is my plan.

The third book in my Adventures of Gladys cozy mystery series is also in the works.

Did I mention sometimes I want to do way too many projects at one time, considering how short naptime writing is every day? Wish me luck!!!

Thank you for stopping by today!

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About Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life


Rest, Relax, Run for Your Life (Ooey Gooey Bakery Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Katherine Brown Books
Original: March 1, 2019; Re-edited and released Jan 2021
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1733725806
ISBN-13: 978-1733725804
Digital ASIN: B07P1P5N2K

Two best friends & a bakery!

 

Piper and Samantha are in heaven. Well, close. More like a long weekend at the O Heavenly Day Spa.

 

A few mysterious notes start appearing everywhere, things get uncomfortable. As spa treatments go awry things get dangerous. A threatening message convinces Piper and Sam that they have to find out who is behind all of these disasters. When the smoke alarms go off and the spa erupts into panic, the chaos separates the friends and Piper stumbles into trouble. Will someone help her before it is too late?

 

More About Katherine Brown

Katherine H. Brown is a Texas author with a love of reading and chocolate chip ice cream. Book lover and weaver of words, Katherine always has several projects going at one time but is most recently occupied with a new baby born in April 2020. Katherine loves to hear from readers and often gets input from them through newsletter polls to help choose character names or book titles.

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