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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California and Michigan!

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

Escapes Completed


Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries)
by Andrew Shaffer
Release Date – July 10, 2018
Setting – Delaware
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


A Plus One for Murder (A Friend for Hire Mystery)
by Laura Bradford
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Tennessee
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Slayed by Souvlaki (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery)
by Jenny Kales
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – Greece (Wisconsin)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Antiques Roadkill: A Trash ‘n’ Treasures Mystery
by Barbara Allan
Release Date – July 1, 2007
Setting – Iowa
My Flashback Friday Read and
for My Literary Escapes Challenge

Scheduled Escapes


Mimi Lee Cracks the Code (A Sassy Cat Mystery)
by Jennifer J. Chow
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Killer Words (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bear a Wee Grudge (A Teddy Bear Mystery)
by Meg Macy
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

November 28 – December 4, 2021 


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Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery by Allison Brook #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook

I am delighted to shine my spotlights
on Death on the Shelf today!

 

About Death on the Shelf


Death on the Shelf: A Haunted Library Mystery
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (November 9, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643857800
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857800
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08WCB3SBN

Librarian Carrie Singleton sleuths a murder at her best friend’s wedding in Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s fifth Haunted Library mystery.

 

Clover Ridge librarian Carrie Singleton is thrilled to attend her best friend Angela’s wedding, but Angela’s family can be a bit…much. Angela’s wealthy cousin Donna hosts an extravagant bridal shower at her resplendent home, but the celebrations turn to gossip as the guests notice Donna’s surgeon husband, Aiden, spending a bit too much time with Donna’s cousin Roxy. At the wedding reception, the sweet occasion turns darkly bitter when Aiden topples into the chocolate fountain–dead.

 

The suspect list is as long as the guest list, and as difficult to sort out as the seating chart. A few of the top contenders on Carrie’s suspect list are the flirtatious Roxy, emotionally unstable since her recent divorce; Angela’s grouchy brother, who feels Aiden betrayed him; and Roxy’s scorned ex-husband. Even Donna may have had reason to want her husband dead. And Aiden’s gossipy office manager has plenty to say about them all.

 

Then another member of Angela’s family is murdered, making Carrie more determined than ever to find the killer. Can library ghost Evelyn and library cat Smoky Joe help Carrie solve the murders before she becomes the next of Angela’s wedding guests to head to the grave?

 

About Allison Brook 

Library series. DEATH OVERDUE, the first in the series, was an Agatha nominee for Best Contemporary Novel in 2018. Other mysteries include the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club series and the Twin Lakes series.

Her juvenile novel, Rufus and Magic Run Amok, was an International Reading Association-Children’s Book Council Children’s Choice. And Don’t Bring Jeremy was a nominee for six state awards.

Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her books take place. She loves traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and chatting on FaceTime with her grandkids.

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Twitter: @MarilynLevinson; @AllisonBrookML

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November 10 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
November 11 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
November 11 – This Is My Truth Now – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 11 – MJB Reviewers – REVIEW
November 12 – View from the Birdhouse – REVIEW
November 12 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
November 12 – Carla Loves To Read – SPOTLIGHT 
November 13 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 13 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT
November 14 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 14 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
November 15 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
November 15 – Baroness’ Book Trove – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
November 16 – ebook addicts – REVIEW
November 16 – Diane Reviews Books – REVIEW
November 17 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery by Bailee Abbott #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @crookedlanebks


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott

About A Brush With Murder


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – New York
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (October 12, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643857746
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857749
Digital – ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08SVXS4J3

A quiet lakeside town in western New York state is the new home of Manhattan artist Chloe Abbington and the backdrop for murder in this series debut by Bailee Abbott.

For Chloe Abbington, the transition from a fine art painter in New York City to a painting-event business owner in charming Whisper Cove is more than a little jarring. But when poison-pen journalist Fiona Gimble writes a viciously negative review of the newly opened Paint with a View, Chloe learns that critics are the same everywhere. And when she finds Fiona’s body behind her shop with a painting knife in her neck, Chloe realizes that this picture-perfect town offers anything but peace and quiet.

Suddenly, bustling Artisan Alley is a crime scene, and Chloe is the prime suspect. Her sister and business partner, Izzie, isn’t much help–she’s busy running the shop, and besides, she has secrets of her own. As shrewd Detective Barrett tries to paint her into a corner, Chloe soon finds that Fiona had plenty of enemies. The Whisper Cove Gazette columnist wielded her pen like a sword, slicing and dicing just about every shop owner in the lakeside town.

Chloe sets out to prove that she’s been framed for Fiona’s murder. But she’d better learn the fine art of detection quickly before the real killer paints the town red again. Otherwise, she may end up trading in her paint smock for an orange jumpsuit…or a green burial plot.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Chloe Abbington has returned to Whisper Cove to help her sister open her new business, Paint with a View, a painting event shop. Chloe isn’t sure when or if she will return to New York, right now she is just going to do her best to make her sister Izzie’s shop a success.

Journalist Fiona Gimble is not a nice person. She has negatively reviewed almost every place in Whisper Cove and enjoyed doing so. Izzie tried to do the right thing by inviting Fiona to her opening night event. Instead, the woman flung one-liners at Chloe during the event and stated she doesn’t know when she will run the article about Izzie’s shop as she hightails it out the door.

As Chloe finishes cleaning up she goes to take the trash out to the dumpster and finds a very dead Fiona Gimble with a painting knife in her neck. Of course, Chloe is the prime suspect, but she really doesn’t have much history with the victim. She needs to convince Detective Barrett there are plenty of other viable suspects while working to clear her name too. The only thing Chloe would want to be framed is her artwork, not herself for a crime she didn’t commit.


In Brush with Murder, author Bailee Abbott introduces us to Chloe, Izzie, and her parents along with Izzie’s employee Willow and some other friends. I really enjoyed meeting Chloe. She really puts her sister’s interests first. Willow is also a hard worker which is a good thing because Izzie’s interests are clearly divided giving me a negative feeling about her. She pushes a lot off onto Chloe’s shoulders and not the way I would expect someone to act when opening their dream business. Some of the tasks Izzie’s came up with to promote her business felt off too, but those issues were minor. Their parents seem to be the quirky characters a mystery like this needs. Mom is pretty set in her ways and Dad is the cuddly guy that tries to smooth everything out. A surprise appearance by Chloe’s ex shakes up the story in a fun way. I felt the author did a nice job of presenting the core characters, but I hope Izzie grows quickly as the other characters evolve at a reasonable pace. Check out the cute puppy on the cover. That is Chloe’s dog Max, lovable from the very start.

The mystery was complicated by the victim’s own actions. She was a ruthless individual leading to a vast number of suspects in her death. The author drops some clear clues but it took me some time to catch on. When I did my thinking was still diverted by some turns and twists perfectly placed by the author. By the end, the guilty party was at the top of my personal suspect list but there were a couple of others still on the list too. I think Ms. Abbott penned a very interesting mystery that kept me on my toes.

The event painting theme was fun. I really liked the painting your pets event and would love to do something like that for my own pets. It seemed to be set up for novice painters which I truly am.

Brush with Murder was a really good first installment for this series. I hope Izzie grows on me in the next installment because I truly like the other characters and think the series has a lot of potential.

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About Bailee Abbott

Bailee Abbott is a native Ohioan who spends her days plotting murder and writing mysteries. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime as well as of International Thriller Writers. Bailee lives with her husband and furry friend Max in the quiet suburbs of Green, Ohio. Visits to Bemus Point, a town along the Chautauqua Lake in southwest New York inspired the setting for the PAINT BY MURDER mystery series. She also writes the SIERRA PINES B&B mystery series under the name Kathryn Long.

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A Brush with Murder transports readers to Whisper Cove where there is a wrathful departed reporter, pleasurable paint projects, shop owner suspects, a cuddly canine, a determined detective, a bothersome ex-beau, and a curious Chloe.
~The Avid Reader

I loved the characters and the backdrop of painting was so entertaining.
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October 11 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW
October 11 – Novels Alive – SPOTLIGHT
October 12 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT
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October 14 – I Read What You Write – GUEST POST
October 15 – Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
October 15 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
October 16 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
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October 17 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
October 18 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
October 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW, AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

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

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

Escapes Completed


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge. My Review


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 12, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
For Review


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday.


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Connecticut and back to New York!

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

Escapes Completed


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – April 19, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
My Review


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date – September 21, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week from Cozy Wednesday.

Scheduled Escapes


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge.


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday.

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021
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#FlashbackFriday – Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway

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.


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – New York
Crooked Lane Books (December 10, 2019)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643851519
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643851518
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643856812
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643856810
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07NTYQQM4

With the help of Walt Whitman’s works, magical bookshop owner Violet Waverly puts her pedal to the metal to sleuth a bicycle-race murder that tests her mettle.

A bicycle race is not Charming Books proprietor Violet Waverly’s idea of a pleasant pastime. But police chief David Rainwater wheelie wants them to enter the Tour de Cascade as a couple, so she reluctantly consents.

The Tour de Cascade is the brainchild of Violet’s Grandma Daisy. The race is a fundraiser to build the Cascade Springs Underground Railroad Museum. But not everyone in this Niagara Region village supports the race. As if the bike race weren’t tiring enough, pesky private investigator Joel Redding is snooping around Charming Books. It takes all of Violet’s and Grandma Daisy’s ingenuity to keep Redding from discovering the shop’s magical essence–which communicates with Violet through books.

When Redding perishes in an accident during the race, David discovers that the brake line of the private eye’s bike was cut. Worse, Violet tops his list of suspects. As Emerson the tuxedo cat and resident crow Faulkner look on, Charming Books steers Violet to the works of Walt Whitman to solve the crime. But no other names ring a bell as culprits, and as David’s investigation picks up speed, Violet will have to get in gear to clear her name.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Cascade Springs just in time for the Tour de Cascade. The bike race is a fundraiser to raise funds to build an Underground Railroad Museum. It is one of the grand ideas of Mayor Daisy aka Grandma Daisy to Violet Waverly, caretaker of the magical Charming Books. Violet hadn’t planned on participating but her boyfriend police chief David Rainwater wants them to ride the course together. She just hopes she can make it the whole way.

As if keeping up with David wasn’t hard enough Private Investigator Joel Redding is making a nuisance of himself by riding right by her trying to take her picture. He has been outside the bookshop for days spying on her too. He is convinced there is something strange going on in the shop and if he discovers what it is he will have a cash windfall spreading the news. Violet and Grandma Daisy are determined to keep their secret especially from the likes of a man like Joel Redding.

In the last bit of the race a man crashes and dies. That man turns out to be Joel Redding and David notices the brake lines on the bike were cut, Someone wanted this man to get hurt and maybe even die and that person got their wish. Sadly, Violet finds herself on that list of suspects. So she has to do something to clear her name. Hopefully, the Essense will be able to help and point her in the right direction.


I am not a fan of Walt Whitman but I am a huge fan of Amanda Flower so I was happy to finally read this book.

I love everything about Charming Books including the mischievous tuxedo cat Emerson and the staunch crow Faulkner. It is the place where the right book will find you. And when it does there are plenty of places to curl up with it and start reading. The tree growing in the middle of the shop guards over the books and gives Faulkner a great place to perch and invoke his wisdom. I am sure if I was ever blessed to enter the shop I would read book after book and never leave.

Ms. Flower has created characters that have a lot of layers and it is nice to see them revealed slowly over the course of the series. Grandma Daisy is a woman on a mission and she will not stop until she succeeds. She is truly a force to be reckoned with, sometimes a little too bull in the china shop but her heart is always in the right place. With Daisy taking on the responsibility of the mayor’s office, Violet has realized she must take the job of caretaker of the shop on fully and learn truly what that job entails. I was thrilled that we learned more about the bookshop’s history. With the murder to investigate and all the summer tourists coming soon, she brings in college professor Richard to take some hours. He has no idea of the magic within the walls but the Essence sure helps him make some wonderful discoveries. Police Chief David Rainwater and Violet don’t get to spend a lot of time together but he knows she is hiding something so their relationship is not just sailing along.

The mystery was well-crafted. At first, I was a little frustrated that a key individual keep disappearing but then I accepted it and like Violet was worried. Walt Whitman’s connection was interesting but I do not enjoy his poetry. Seeing Violet’s frustrations at trying to figure out the clues took me back to the English classes where we studied his works and my frustration and trying to decipher his words for a grade. I passed that section by the skin of my teeth just like I figured out this mystery. I was totally in the dark and solved it when the reveal hit me in the face. LOL

I do love this series and can’t believe I had not read this book when it was released. I truly thought I had until I checked all my lists and saw it was still on my To-Be-Read list. I am so glad that I have now corrected that oversight.

Verse and Vengeance was a delightful way to spend two evenings. I couldn’t wait to get done with work each day so I could escape into this story. No spoiler but the ending made me smile and really excited for the next book in the series. Due to my delay in reading this one I don’t have as long to wait. Crimes and Covers will be out on January 11, 2022.

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About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York and Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed

It Cannoli Be Murder: A Culinary Cozy Mystery (Italian Chef Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – July 28, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!


Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Perfect Bind (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Current Escape


Spilled Milk (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – April 19, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Verse and Vengeance: A Magical Bookshop Mystery
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – December 10, 2019
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read


Deep Green Envy (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date – September 21, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week from Cozy Wednesday.

Future Escapes

October 3 – 9, 2021 


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Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @crookedlanebks


Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

About Cajun Kiss of Death 


Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Louisiana
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (August 10, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 164385738X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643857381
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08N6SMX1J

The next shot from Cupid’s bow may be fatal in USA Today bestselling, Agatha Award-winning author Ellen Byron’s hearty and delightful seventh Cajun Country mystery.

 

In Pelican, Louisiana, Valentine’s Day has a way of warming the heart, despite the February chill. But the air at Crozat Plantation B&B turns decidedly frigid when celebrity chef Phillippe Chanson checks in. And when the arrogant Phillippe–in town to open his newest Cajun-themed restaurant–perishes in a fiery boat crash, Maggie Crozat’s dear friend JJ lands in very cold water.

 

Did JJ, proprietor of Junie’s Oyster Bar and Dance Hall, murder Phillippe because he feared the competition? Might Maggie’s mother, Ninette, have bumped off the chef for stealing one of her cherished recipes? Or was the culprit a local seafood vendor, miffed because Phillippe was somehow able to sell oysters for a remarkably reasonable price, despite an oyster shortage?

 

Maggie had planned to devote her February to art lessons in New Orleans, a present from her sweetheart, Bo. But now she has to focus on helping her friend and her mother cross a murder charge off the menu. Meanwhile, Maggie receives a series of anonymous gifts that begin as charming but grow increasingly disturbing. Does Maggie have an admirer–or a stalker? And are these mysterious gifts somehow related to Phillippe’s murder?

 

Blood may be thicker than water, but this case is thicker than gumbo. And solving it will determine whether Maggie gets hearts and roses–or hearse and lilies–this Valentine’s Day.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Love is in bloom in Pelican Louisiana. Maggie and Bo, Gran and Lee, Rufus and Sandy all got married on New Year’s Eve just before the clock hits midnight. Their reception was catered by JJ, of Junie’s Oyster Bar and Dance Hall. But soon JJ is going to have some real competition, famous chef Phillippe Chanson is opening Chanson’s Cajun Kitchen, the newest addition in his Chanson Restaurant Group. He hopes his “fancy” eatery will become a “destination restaurant”. The locals are split on if this is a good thing or a bad thing for Pelican. JJ definitely is not happy and knows it could be a very bad thing for him.

A few weeks later most of the new restaurant’s staff is calling the Crozat B&B their temporary home and Phillippe is visiting some of the locals. He does have an ulterior motive. He has an excellent palate and he is putting it to use. He has them make their finest dish and is stealing their recipes. This trickery has him at odds with JJ and Maggie’s mother Ninette. The arrogant chef also has big plans to kick off his grand opening.

Sadly that event ends with a blazing fire and the demise of Phillippe Chanson. The man had made a few enemies including some of his staff but also includes Ninette and JJ and who knows who else.

With Valentines Day right around the corner, Maggie has made some plans of her own but with another dead body and her mother and her friend entwined in the case, she knows there can be no celebrating until she clears their names. She also has another mystery to solve . . . someone is sending her romantic gifts and the mystery man is not her beloved husband.  When things take a creepy turn she knows she doesn’t have a secret admirer . . . she has a stalker and she may need help to get them off her tail.


I just love the characters in this series and having six of them have one of the happiest days of their lives together really warmed by heart. But you can’t have a trip to Pelican with drama and murder and Ellen Byron encases these characters in another fantastic mystery.

In Cajun Kiss of Death, the egotistical chef is killed in a way the damages the bridge on the main thoroughfare in and out of Pelican. That brings a wonderful opportunity to bring the ferry back to get people across the Mississippi. We have a ferry nearby that we try to take at least once each summer. With COVID and our busy family, we have not had the pleasure the last couple of years and I really miss it. It was a bit of a hassle for the people of Pelican but Maggie grew to enjoy it and I bet others did too.

The murder investigation had a lot of moving parts and with some of the staff saying at the B&B Maggie and her family were able to get a greater insight into their lives. This also gave Maggie a unique opportunity she may not have had otherwise.  I really enjoy the way the whole family got involved in trying to bring a killer to justice, especially after another murder. The clues were unique and the big reveal was masterful. I felt like a fly on the wall and was completely entertained.

In addition to the main mystery of the book, there were a plethora of subplots and when I got to the epilogue I knew why. Sadly this 7th installment is the final book in this series but the author gives her readers a terrific mystery and her characters one heck of a send-off. There are many happily ever afters but one thing is very clear . . . “Crozat will always be there . . . for however long forever lasts”.

I will miss my virtual trips to Pelican and I will genuinely miss these characters but I bid them a fond farewell. I also want to thank Ellen Byron for sharing them with us for 7 marvelous mysteries. Reading them was time well spent and brought me hours of enjoyment. I hope they bring as much joy to future readers. I highly recommend them all. For me, they were all Perfect Escapes.



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About Ellen Byron

Ellen’s Cajun Country Mysteries have won the Agatha award for Best Contemporary Novel and multiple Lefty awards for Best Humorous Mystery. She writes the Catering Hall Mystery series, which are inspired by her real-life, under the name Maria DiRico. Ellen is an award-winning playwright, and non-award-winning TV writer of comedies like WINGS, JUST SHOOT ME, and FAIRLY ODD PARENTS. She has written over two hundred articles for national magazines but considers her most impressive credit working as a cater-waiter for Martha Stewart.

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Great Escapes Praise for Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron

Cajun Kiss of Death is finer than a frog’s hair with purloined recipes, a jubilant New Year’s Eve gathering, flaring fireworks, stinky trash, stalker secret admirer, and a Valentine’s Day revelation.
~The Avid Reader

I absolutely love how Byron keeps the plot, with its multiple mysteries, moving forward at the perfect pace . . . I love having multiple mysteries to solve because they keep you on your toes. You won’t want to skim anything, or you might just miss an important clue.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

I love visiting Pelican Louisiana and the Crozat Plantation B&B even though there always seems to be a murder or two happening close by.
~My Reading Journeys

The mystery was, of course, well-plotted, and it wasn’t until near the end that I knew who the killer was. The characters in this series have always been entertaining, but I noticed early in the book that they had all attained their happily-ever-afters. This had me wondering if I was reading the end of the series.
~Mysteries With Character

This book takes us to the heart of a community and tests the bonds of loyalty and competitive edge.
Quite the page-turner as we watch beloved characters develop and grow.
~Laura’s Interests

. . . a fun mystery full of surprises while laced with Southern charm. These characters are always a hoot making for a fun read. Another fabulous addition to this wonderful series. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

There are several moving parts outside of solving the murder including a Gala for the Doucet museum, art lessons, and a ferry brought back into service for a short period of time which is an adventure unto itself. All of these minor storylines just add to an already robust book.
~Storeybook Reviews

The Cajun flavor is delightful and the pace is steady . . . There are plenty of surprises, right to the very end.
~Christa Reads and Writes

I love it! Everything is perfect. Maggie is superb. My rating for Cajun Kiss of Death by Ellen Byron is five stars.
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #34 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Oregon, North Carolina, and New York!

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

Escapes Completed



Chili to Die For (A Willow Crier Cozy Mystery)
by Lilly York
Release Date – November 18, 2015
Setting – Oklahoma
My Flashback Friday Read and for Literary Escapes Challenge
My Review


Railroaded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date -August 24, 2021
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron
Release Date – August 10, 2021
Setting – Louisianna
The Great escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Doggone Dead (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting -Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!


X Marks the Murder: A Wendy Grace Mystery
by Pam Stucky
Release Date – April 1, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Amazon Purchase for Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.


Partners in Lime: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery
by Bree Baker
Release Date – August 31, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – September 14, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

August 22 – 28, 2021 


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Cozy Wednesday featuring A Scone of Contention: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


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I am pleased to share my thoughts today about A Scone of Contention.

A Scone of Contention: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette

About A Scone of Contention

A Scone of Contention: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
11th in the Series
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (August 10, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643856243
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643856247
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08N6SCZRC

A murderer’s out to spoil Hayley’s honeymoon in national bestselling author Lucy Burdette’s eleventh Key West Food Critic Mystery.

 

Key Zest food critic Hayley Snow and her groom, police detective Nathan Bransford, chose Scotland for their long-delayed honeymoon, hoping to sightsee and enjoy some prize-winning scones. But their romantic duo swells to a crowd when they’re joined by Nathan’s family as well as octogenarian Miss Gloria.

 

Nathan’s sister Vera takes the women on a whirlwind tour of some of Scotland’s iconic mystic places as research for a looming book project. But the trip takes a deadly tartan turn when a dinner party guest falls ill and claims she was poisoned. And then the group watches in horror as a mysterious tourist tumbles to his death from the famous Falkirk Wheel, high above the Forth & Clyde canal.

 

Vera and her friends deny knowing the dead man, but after observing their reactions to the fall, Hayley is not convinced. With one person dead, a second possibly poisoned, and the tension among Vera’s friends as thick as farmhouse cheese, Hayley fears her long-awaited honeymoon might end with another murder.

 

Far away from home, surrounded by unfamiliar faces, eccentric characters, and a forbiddingly gorgeous setting, Hayley must call on all her savvy to keep a killer from striking again and then escaping Scot free.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Police detective Nathan Bransford is taking his bride, food critic Hayley Snow to Scotland to meet his sister and for a much-awaited honeymoon. Unlike a normal honeymoon, they will be joined by their friend Miss Gloria and his mother. His sister has big plans for the ladies to check out some fantastic Scotland sights while her husband will be spending the days with Nathan on the golf course. Vera especially wants the show off some mystic places that will be featured in her upcoming book.

Sadly the honeymoon gets off to a horrible start when a guest at a dinner party gets ill and says she was poisoned. Then while visiting the famous Falkirk Wheel, high above the Forth & Clyde canal they witness a man fall to his death. A man Hayley thinks is connected to Vera and her friends although they deny it.

Hayley feels something is really off with Vera and her friends but she really doesn’t know the players in the mystery opening up before her. While she would just like to enjoy Scotland with her husband her sister-in-law and her inner amateur sleuth have other plans.


I am always a little leery when authors take their characters away from their usual locales but Lucy Burdette does a good job of it in A Scone for Contention. Scotland is a well-traveled place for cozy characters but she takes us to some unique places that Vera wants to include in her book. I would have liked a little more in-depth description of some of these places to visualize what Vera was trying to convey. Other times when we visited new towns and hotels, the story drifted into travelogue territory, but the author did her best to find a good balance of location and mystery.

We meet several new characters once we touch down in Scotland. A dinner party is a perfect venue for these introductions but Hayley’s seat is next to a man with a vested interest in the book Vera is writing with her college friends but he has a totally different vision for the book than Vera. Then his wife appears to be poisoned ending the evening in a bit of chaos. In addition to the college chums, we meet the chef who was responsible for the fateful meal.

There was some tension on this trip and surprisingly it was not because the octogenarian or Hayley’s mother-in-law came along on a honeymoon. No, Vera and her mother’s relationship is severely strained. The college friendships seem to be strained as well and an overbearing spouse of one of them really fans the flames.

Then you have two mysteries to solve and they have to be connected. Hayley does her best to work through the clues but her a-ha moment may be too late. I will say my heart rate picked up as the reveal played out. Ms. Burdette plotted everything out wonderfully and kept me drawn to a certain character. I just couldn’t figure out the motive until the very end.

I did appreciate that the story began and ended in Key West. It gave the book a firm foundation and allowed us to check in with some favorite characters that we would have missed if the book started right out in Scotland.

A Scone of Contention takes readers on a nice little vacay with some unique characters. I do hope Hayley and Nathan do get to take a trip all by themselves someday soon and have a real honeymoon.

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About Lucy Burdette

Courtesy Carol Tedesco

Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) is the author of 19 mysteries, including A SCONE OF CONTENTION, the eleventh book in the Key West series featuring food critic Hayley Snow. THE KEY LIME CRIME won the bronze medal for popular fiction in the Florida Book Awards. Lucy’s books and stories have also been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She’s a past president of Sisters in Crime, and currently serving as president of the Friends of the Key West Library.

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by Lucy Burdette

Scone of Contention is a culinary cozy mystery that has something for everyone: clean romance, Scotland, high family (in-law) drama, yummy recipes and several mysteries to solve.
~Diane Reviews Books

. . . a fabulous cozy that takes the reader on a trip across the globe with good food and suspend sprinkled on top. Sure to delight fans of cozies with a culinary flair.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

SCONE OF CONTENTION is a delightful mystery that shows how conflicts of the past can impact the present. I enjoyed this trip to Scotland with a nip of whiskey, a slather of butter on a hot scone, and a devilishly good mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

A fun read . . . Going along with Hayley and Nathan on their Scottish honeymoon was charming. . . . Until the family drama threatens to ruin the Cozy trip.
~My Reading Journeys

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”