Sep 232019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Alabama!

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

Escapes Completed


Here Comes Santa Paws (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Tide and Punishment (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – North Carolina
Bree Baker will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Jack-o’-Lantern (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Washington State
My Review will be up on Thursday! 

Scheduled Escapes


Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Marry Christmas Murder (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
by Stephanie Blackmoore
Release Date -September 24, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Two Bites Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Alabama
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September 23 – 29, 2019


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Sep 122019
 

Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

About the Buried in the Stacks


Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1643851381
ISBN-13: 978-1643851389
Digital ASIN: B07NKPTL81

Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin’. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost?

In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities.

As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her–and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library’s resident ghost, six years earlier.

And then Dorothy is murdered–run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece’s killer, but that’s no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Like many communities, Clover Ridge is dealing with a homeless population. Because of the winter weather, many spend their days at the library. Carrie learns of a group that has purchased a vacant house in hopes to open Haven House, a daycare type center for the homeless. Carrie is excited about the venture and joins their committee and offers the library meeting room for future meetings. Sadly she learns it may all be just a scam.

Carrie has also become the library’s new Sunshine Delegate and immediately gets a call that research librarian took a fall and is in the hospital. When Carrie arrives for her visit, Dorothy tells her the fall was no accident. She believes her husband is trying to kill her just like he killed her aunt, the library’s resident ghost Evelyn. Dorothy is subsequently killed when her car is forced off the road. Evelyn begs Carrie to find the killer but Evelyn is holding something back. Carrie knew Dorothy was not happy when Carrie got the job she wanted, but Evelyn finally reveals Dorothy had a long list of enemies which translates to a long list of suspects. Carrie isn’t a cat and only has one life, she hopes by the time the killer is found she doesn’t become the second ghost haunting the library.

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I have enjoyed this series from the start. Carrie has evolved so much from punk rocker chick the arrived in Clover Ridge to an almost sedate librarian. She and her cat Smokey Joe are settling in and she is patiently waiting for her boyfriend Dylan to settle down closer to home too. Her father has also turned his life around. We learn that most of the library staff has secrets. Secrets Dorothy knew about and may have been using to her advantage. Evelyn is still my favorite. She is a very friendly ghost that any library would be happy to have.

The author introduces readers to a few of the homeless taking shelter within the library. My heart broke for an elderly couple who had lost everything. It really brought home the reality of how close many people are to becoming homeless. Carrie handled things perfectly and used her resources/ her uncle to help them as much as she could. I applaud Ms. Brook for taking on hot community issues of mental health and homelessness and twisting things up a bit to fit her story but then gave us hope many places could emulate.

The mystery was a tricky one to solve as more and more suspects came to light. I am surprised someone hadn’t taken out the cranky broad before this. I was very intrigued when Dorothy’s case opened up new questions about Evelyn’s death.

Carrie was also trying to solve a second mystery surrounding Haven House. The cases did cross over in places but Carrie had a few moments when I wanted to jump into the book and stop her from what she was doing. She is a great planner for library programming but when she is snooping she tends to plow straight ahead without thinking things through.

A well-written story full of twists that was a lot of fun to read. The characters are believable and leaped off the page.

Be aware when you start reading the books in this series they are hard to put down. I do recommend reading all three in order but the author has written them so they can each be read on their own.

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About Allison Brook

Allison Brook is the pseudonym for Marilyn Levinson, who writes mysteries, romantic suspense, and novels for kids. She lives on Long Island and enjoys traveling, reading, watching foreign films, doing Sudoku and dining out. She especially loves to visit with her grandchildren on FaceTime.

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Sep 092019
 

Remembering the Dead:
A Penny Brannigan Mystery
by Elizabeth J. Duncan

I am thrilled to shine my spotlight on
Remembering the Dead today!

 

About Remembering the Dead


Remembering the Dead: A Penny Brannigan Mystery
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Crooked Lane Books (September 10, 2019)
Hardcover: 296 Pages
ISBN-10: 1643851136
ISBN-13: 978-1643851136
Digital ASIN: B07NKQ22XN

In award-winning author Elizabeth J. Duncan’s tenth Penny Brannigan mystery set in North Wales, Canadian amateur sleuth Penny Brannigan attends a dinner party at a posh country house–where a historic chair disappears and a waiter is murdered.

Artist and spa owner Penny Brannigan has been asked to organize a formal dinner to mark the centenary of the armistice that ended World War One. After dinner, the guests adjourn to the library for a private exhibition of the Black Chair, a precious piece of Welsh literary history awarded in 1917 to poet Hedd Wyn. But to the guests’ shock, the newly restored bardic chair is missing. And then Penny discovers the rain-soaked body of a waiter.

When Penny learns that the victim was the nephew of one of her employees, she is determined to find the killer. Meanwhile, the local police search for the Black Chair. The Prince of Wales is due to open an exhibit featuring the chair in three weeks, so time is not on their side. A visit to a nursing home to consult an ex-thief convinces Penny that the theft of the Black Chair and the waiter’s murder are connected. She rushes to Dublin to consult a disagreeable antiquarian, who might know more than he lets on, and during the course of her investigation confronts a gaggle of suspicious travelers and an eccentric herbalist who seems to have something to hide. Can Penny find the chair and the culprit before she is laid to rest in the green grass of Wales?

Praise for Remembering the Dead:
A Penny Brannigan Mystery
by Elizabeth J. Duncan

The mystery is well crafted, with beautiful prose, and one clue seemingly leading to another . . . Remembering the Dead is an excellent mystery, one that I never wanted to put down.
~The Power of Words

Remembering the Dead is a diverting cozy mystery with a delicious dinner, a misplaced bardic chair, encamped traveller’s, a wandering waiter, a lost coffee aficionado, and one kindhearted sleuth.
~The Avid Reader

About Elizabeth J. Duncan

A two-time winner of the Bloody Words (Bony Blithe) Award for Canada’s best light mystery, Elizabeth J. Duncan is the author of two series of traditional mysteries: the Penny Brannigan series set in North Wales and Shakespeare in the Catskills featuring costume designer and amateur sleuth Charlotte Fairfax. A former journalist, public relations practitioner, and college professor, Elizabeth is a faculty member of the Humber School for Writers. She divides her time between Toronto, Canada, and Llandudno, North Wales.

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Sep 092019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I have a busy week ahead!

I will be visiting England, Montana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota!

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

Escapes Completed


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes
Release Date – September 8m 2019
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The House on Hallowed Ground (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday when the Great Escapes Tour stops here.


Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Two to Mango (The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series)
by Jill Marie Landis
Release Date – June 20, 2019
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Vanished Bride (Brontë Sisters Mystery)
by Bella Ellis
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Yorkshire, England
For Review


Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Montana


Judge Thee Not (Quaker Midwife Mysteries)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts


A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats)
by Sofie Kelly
Release Date – September 3, 2019
Setting – Minnesota

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September 9 – 15, 2019


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Sep 022019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Maryland, California, and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Fiddling with Fate (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – September 8, 2019
Setting – Norway
Kathleen will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


The Final Arrangement (The Flower Shop Mystery Series)
by Annie Adams
Release Date – January 30, 2013
Setting – Utah
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes
Release Date – September 8m 2019
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The House on Hallowed Ground (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday when the Great Escapes Tour stops here.


Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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September 2 – 8, 2019


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Aug 212019
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so excited to welcome Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli back to Escape With Dollycas today!

Starting a Novel When You Would Rather Do Anything else . . .
By Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

I am trying to begin another novel.  There is a contract and I tend to take contracts seriously, but I have no ideas, nobody who deserves killing at the moment. All my trio of women—including smart-mouthed Zoe Zola—want to do is hang out, maybe go to the beach, or sit outside and watch the flowers bloom.  They are no help at all and I have no one else to turn to.

What I’m doing is giving myself a couple of days to see if my brain snaps back into orderly thoughts while I cut down weeds in the garden and have a talk with the doe and her twins who hang around with their eyes fixed on the daylilies.  We’ve had an agreement in the past that she won’t come into the garden until September first—when I turn it over to her—but she seems to be jumping the gun this year (or is that a horrible pun considering hunting season isn’t far behind?).

Anyway, my talk with the doe turned out the way you might think it would so I got out the Deer-Away and sprayed the lilies but still had no idea of anybody who deserved doing in at the moment—except, of course, that perfidious deer and I wouldn’t because I consider her a friend.

The next thing to do is watch “ID” on television and see if any of those real killers spark anything but I detest them so violently they don’t even qualify for a nuanced, carefully constructed demise.

Then I read books by other mystery writers.  Then I read my own books.  Then I swore I wouldn’t read another book and was happy when a man I used to know when I worked in real estate called to ask if I knew that Jimmy Hoffa was buried only a few miles from me.  He got the story from a man he met in a bar and swore it was true but I hurried him off the phone and decided nothing I was doing did me any good and nobody was going to help me.

Sleep is what did it finally.  Lots of sleep.  And eating things I like to eat.  I didn’t give committing murder another thought and then the roofer came to put a new roof on my house and dumped old shingles and wood all over my garden.  Evidently, he stood up there and flung the whole mess as far as he could, taking out most of the daylilies which could have fed a doe and her twins for the entire month.

It was that night, while I was sorrowing over the daylilies, that an idea struck me.  It doesn’t involve a roofer.  It’s about a private orphanage which used to be back in the woods around here—only a ruin now—and the women who ran it, and two little girls sent to live there and one coming up missing.  Then a big X marked into a tree, and . . .

Guess it’s time to stop writing this.  I’m pretty certain of my next victim now . . . a woman who used to run a private orphanage—her body is floating in the lake . . . and that big X, stretched and worn . . . marking something nobody wants to think about until a couple more bodies turn up in strange places.

What a relief!  Nothing like a floating body to get my brain started.

Or food.

Thank you, Elizabeth for visiting today! 

Keep reading for my thoughts on Elizabeth’s new Little Library Mystery!


And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
Crooked Lane Books (August 13, 2019)
Hardcover: 323 pages
ISBN-10: 1643850008
ISBN-13: 978-1643850009
Kindle ASIN: B07HM9NFXH

Zoe Zola is one of ten invitees to an Agatha Christie symposium. Tempers flare…and then there are nine. Can Jenny Weston save Zoe from murder on the Upper Peninsula?

Little Person author Zoe Zola believes that one of the unluckiest things in life is to receive an invitation—in the form of a letter edged in black—to an Agatha Christie symposium at an old Upper Peninsula hunting lodge. Her reluctance dissipates when she learns that the organizer is named Emily Brent—the name of a character poisoned by cyanide in Christie’s And Then There Were None.

As a dreary rain soaks the U.P., Zoe and nine other Christie scholars—each of whom bears a vague resemblance to one of the classic mystery novel’s characters—arrive at the lodge. At the opening night dinner, arguments flare over the experts’ discordant theories about Christie. Next morning, the guests find one particularly odious man has gone—whereabouts and reasons unknown. Such a coincidental resemblance to a work of fiction is surely impossible; therefore, it appears to be possible.

As the guests disappear, one by one, Zoe resolves to beat a hasty retreat—but her car won’t start. She calls her friend, amateur sleuth/little librarian Jenny Weston, but Jenny will have to wait out a storm off Lake Superior before she can come to the rescue. If Zoe’s to stay alive to greet Jenny when she eventually arrives, she’ll have to draw on everything she knows about Agatha Christie’s devilish plots in Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli’s fourth tantalizing Little Library mystery.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

What a great story using Dame Agatha Christie as its theme. Zoe Zola gets invited to participate in a symposium that will be webcast to a group of subscribers. Zoe is nervous about accepting because the invitation envelope is edged in black, just like funeral notices she and her mother received over the years from their estranged family. When neighbor Jenny Weston decides she needs to get away for a few days and plans to visit her sister near where the symposium is taking place, Zoe decides to attend.

When Jenny and Zoe get into the Upper Peninsula it is raining and both the lodge where the symposium is taking place and her sister’s camp is out in the boonies. Zoe is nervous when Jenny drops her off but soon the other participants arrive for a total of 10. Zoe is anxious to get to the true reason for her being there.

The leader, Emily Brent, the same name as a character killed in Christie’s And Then There Were None and her helper also with another questionable name try to keep the participants under control but they have various opinions about Christie’s work and fame. When one of the scholars is gone the next morning the group is down to nine, the correlations to Christie’s And Then There Were None were not lost on Zoe Zola.  When another is said to have left, Zoe is ready to leave herself, but there is no way to contact Jenny. The visit they had planned is rained out so she is stuck. She just hopes the sisters will arrive before she is the one to disappear.

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli sure sets a spooky/scary scene. An isolated lodge in the middle of Michigan’s north woods in plagued by rain, rain, and more rain. Roads get washed out and fog gives everything a dreary haze. The lodge itself is pretty rustic and not somewhere I would want to stay on a sunny day, but it is the perfect place for a Christie-Esque mystery to play out.

Little person Zoe Zola has not had an easy life and that is the focus in this story. It brings so much clarity to this character. The characters brought into her life in this story are an eclectic group and not very likable but again perfect for this story. Little Librarian Dora has a minor role again as Zoe takes the lead with some assistance from Dora’s daughters. Jenny and Zoe have become fast friends and share some similar traits like stubbornness and perseverance. Zoe takes some risks that were questionable but I understand needing to get away from something to clear your head even if there are animals and humans that could be a risk.

This book is darker than previous books in the series but I loved that it was based on Agatha Christie. The author has laid out a fantastic plot that had a great flow and some epic twists. I do think the eerie ending pushes the rules of the cozy realm to the limit. It was unusual and unexpected but very compelling. The book was hard to put down, but past the 3/4 mark, it was impossible.

While the author does her best to give background so the book can be read on its own, I really stress that the books in this series should be read in order to understand the characters, their lives and how they relate to each other.

And Then They Were Doomed was an interesting foray for the characters from Bear Falls. However, the characters they meet gave me a case of the heebie-jeebbies. Nevertheless, this was A Perfect Escape.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli lives in Mancelona, MI. She has published ten novels, one work of non-fiction, and several short stories, which have been produced onstage, read on NPR, and published in several newspapers. For many years she taught writing at the International Women’s Writing Guild summer program at Skidmore College and currently teaches at Northwestern Michigan College.


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Aug 192019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting home in Wisconsin, then to Virginia, and then off to Singapore!

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

Escapes Completed


Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – April 8, 2019
Setting – Massachusettes
My Review will be up tomorrow!


And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Upper Michigan
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Idaho
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
by Mary Angela
Release Date – October 1, 2018
Setting – South Dakota
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book)
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Virginia
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)
by A. M. Stuart
Release Date – August 6, 2019
Setting – Singapore
For Review

Future Escapes

Release Dates – August 19 – 25, 2019


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Aug 122019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Massachusetts, Michigan, and Idaho!

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

Escapes Completed

Thin Ice: A Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – Alaska
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire
My Review will be up on Thursday!


Snoop to Nuts (Nut House Mystery Series)
by Elizabeth Lee
Release Date – January 6, 2015
Setting – Texas
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – April 8, 2019
Setting – Massachusettes
For Review


And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Upper Michigan
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Idaho
For Review

Future Escapes

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Jul 102019
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am happy to welcome Anna Gerard to Escape With Dollycas today! 

Peach Clobbered:
A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard

Hi Anna, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

I’m the NYT bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (written as Ali Brandon) and have published two other series…the Tarot Cats Mystery series from Midnight Ink and the Leonardo da Vinci Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. I’ve also published five historical romances under the names Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard. PEACH CLOBBERED, first book in my upcoming Georgia B&B Mystery series (written as Anna Gerard) will be my 16th published novel. I live in South Florida, though I was born and raised in Texas.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

I’ve never snow-skied, I’m allergic to apples (and peaches!), and I have three tattoos.

What is the first book you remember reading?

I know I read books long before this, but the first title I remember is THE BOBBSEY TWINS IN VOLCANO LAND.

What are you reading now?  I have a huge TBR stack that I need to delve into once I’m off deadline. But I most recently finished reading an ARC for Maggie Toussaint’s DREAMED IT paranormal mystery, which should be published later this year (go pre-order it!).

What books have most inspired you?  Throughout high school, I read nothing but romantic suspense and gothic romances, which I’m sure have a bearing on my writing style today.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries? Because, although I started out publishing historical romances, all my books had dead bodies lying around. It seemed a natural progression to move into the mystery genre.

Do you have a special place you like to write? Nothing fancy. Either my desk in my home office; or, if I need a change, I move my laptop onto my back screened-in porch and let the cats help me write.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? Anywhere and everywhere – it’s rare I can pinpoint an actual inspiration.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? Giving it priority over the 999 other things I need to do (especially when I’m on deadline).

What do you think makes a good story? I want to see a distinct beginning/middle/end to the tale. And, the main characters (even if not entirely likable) must be fully developed and relatable. And at the end of the book, I want to see a goal reached, a lesson learned…basically, a payoff for having spent those hours reading. It never hurts to have a cute dog or cat as part of the story, either.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?  Probably Nina Fleet, the B&B owner and amateur sleuth of my current Georgia B&B Mystery series. Although there is a lot of me in Darla Pettistone from my Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?  Since there are so many great cozy mystery authors out there, I can’t claim to be a better writer or have more clever plots than anyone else. But I think my stories have heart as well as suspense and a bit of humor, plus I include felines and canines that aren’t just cozy window dressing but are fully realized characters. If you don’t cry at least once and laugh out loud at least twice when you read my books, then I’ve fallen down on the job.

Whats next on the horizon for you? I’m finishing up the manuscript for my next Georgia B&B Mystery, PEACHY SCREAM, and am waiting on word on hopefully reselling my Tarot Cats Mystery series to a new publisher.

Thank you, Anna, for visiting today!

Keep reading for my thoughts about Anna’s Peach Clobbered.

 

About the Book 


Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Crooked Lane Books (July 9, 2019)
Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1643850067
ISBN-13: 978-1643850061
Digital ASIN: B07JMK2JRD

What’s black and white and dead all over? Georgia bed and breakfast proprietor Nina Fleet finds out when she comes across a corpse in a penguin costume.

Nina Fleet’s life ought to be as sweet as a Georgia peach. Awarded a tidy sum in her divorce, Nina retired at 41 to a historic Queen Anne house in quaint Cymbeline, GA. But Nina’s barely settled into her new B&B-to-be when a penguin shows up on her porch. Or, at least, a man wearing a penguin suit.

Harry Westcott is making ends meet as an ice cream shop’s mascot and has a letter from his great-aunt, pledging to leave him the house. Too bad that’s not what her will says. Meanwhile, the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty have lost their lease. Real estate developer Gregory Bainbridge intends to turn the convent into a golfing community, so Cymbeline’s mayor persuades Nina to take in the elderly nuns. And then Nina finds the “penguin” again, this time lying in an alley with a kitchen knife in his chest.

A peek under the beak tells Nina it’s not Harry inside the costume, but Bainbridge. What was he doing in Harry’s penguin suit? Was the developer really the intended victim, or did the culprit mean to kill Harry? Whoever is out to stop Harry from contesting the sale of his great-aunt’s house may also be after Nina, so she teams up with him to cage the killer before someone clips her wings in Peach Clobbered.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Cymbeline Georgia. A place Nina Fleet and her Australian Sheepdog, Mattie now call home. She bought a historic Queen Anne house therwat the spur of the moment following her divorce and loves it.  Harry Wescott the great nephew of the previous owner believes the house should be his and shows up at her door to tell her so, dressed in a penguin suit. Seems he is working as a mascot for the local ice cream shop to make ends meet.

Nina had big hopes of opening it as a B&B but zoning regulations have held up her plans. That is until the Sisters of Perpetual Poverty were evicted from their convent when the landlord refused to renew their lease. The mayor came to Nina personally promising to cut through all the government’s red tape if she allows the sisters to stay with her until their new orders come through.

After the nuns are all settled they tell Nina of their plan to protest their former landlord’s business. Nina goes along hoping to keep the nuns out of trouble, but during a lunch break, she hears a scream. She rushes into an alley to find a man in a penguin suit has been stabbed. But it isn’t Harry Wescott in the suit this time, it is the sister’s landlord, Gregory Bainbridge! Could one of the nuns have done the deed or did the killer think it was Harry in the suit? Nina finds herself right in the middle of The Murder of the Man in the Penguin Suit! What a way to start her new life.

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Penguins, Nuns, and Murder, Oh My!

What a great start for this series! I loved Nina (Nine-ah) immediately. She is smart and savvy, ready to live life on her own terms. The nuns were fantastic, feisty, mostly elderly women who have been together for over 50 years. They become fast friends with Nina and enjoy checking out all the take-out meal options now available to them. Nina does her best to keep these vital and active women busy as they await to see what the future hold for them. Harry is a conundrum, an out of work actor who wants to take her house away who is not the most likable person. Nina’s dog Maddie is precious. She is empathetic when needed and a wonderful watch dog too.

Ms. Gerard has twisted together a terrific mystery plotline with very interesting subplots as we get to know our protagonist and the residents of Cymbeline. The pacing was perfect and each chapter drew me right into the next. I was engaged by the characters completely and was anxious to see how everything in this novel panned out. She brought in a surprise item that turned my thinking totally around but I was still taken aback by the big reveal.

The setting of the story was just peachy. A Georgia B&B is absolutely ripe for many more mysteries too. I am excited to see who checks in next!

This was a marvelous mystery and I highly recommend it for all cozy mystery fans!

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More About Anna Gerard

DIANE A.S. STUCKART is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series (writing as Ali Brandon). She’s also the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mysteries, as well as several historical romances and numerous mystery, fantasy, and romance short stories. The first book in her Tarot Cats Mystery series is FOOL’S MOON, available in trade, large print, and Kindle versions. Her Georgia B&B Mystery series from Crooked Lane Books launched July 2019 with PEACH CLOBBERED, written as Anna Gerard.

Diane is a member of Mystery Writers of America and has served as the 2018 and 2019 Chapter President of the MWA Florida chapter. In addition to her mystery writing affiliations, she’s a member of the Cat Writers’ Association and belongs to the Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association. She’s a native Texan with a degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, but has been living in the West Palm Beach FL area since 2006. She shares her “almost in the Everglades” home with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Learn more about her books at www.dianestuckart.com

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Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

The Winner of my Birthday Giveaway
was Meg C. from California!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New Hampshire, Connecticut and Ohio!

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

Escapes Completed


Penne Dreadful (Italian Chef Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – June 30, 2019
Setting – New York
Review will be up tomorrow! 


Peach Clobbered: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – July 9, 2019
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder’s No Votive Confidence (Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery)
by Christin Brecher
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!

On Her Own Two Wheels
by Stacy Xavier
Release Date – November 20, 2012
My Flashback Friday Read and the “X” for my Alphabet Soup – Author Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes

Left Fur Dead (A Jules & Bun Mystery)
by J.M. Griffin
Release Date – July 1, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Guilty as Charred (A Cook-Off Mystery)
by Devon Delaney
Release Date – July 1, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!


Toxic Toffee (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – June 25, 2019
Setting – Ohio
For Review

Future Escapes

July 8 – 14, 2019


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