Dec 262019

Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2019

There were so many great books this year and many were classified as “Perfect Escapes” by me, but this list contains the books that received a “Paradise Rating”, those that I enjoyed so much I thought they deserved more than 5 star-fish. 

They are in no particular order. 

Congratulations to all the authors!

The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711858
ISBN-13: 978-1496711854
Digital ASIN: B07B7B4C8Q
You can read my review here.

Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Michigan
Kensington (April 30, 2019)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-10: 1496718291
ISBN-13: 978-1496718297
Digital ASIN: B07G6RDBRV
You can read my review here.

Fields’ Guide to Voodoo (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Mystery/Suspense (Humorous)
3rd in Series
Setting – Louisiana
J & M Press (February 28, 2019)
Print Length: 248 pages
ASIN: B07N34V34S
You can read my review here.

Fields’ Guide to Fog (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Mystery/Suspense (Humorous)
4th in Series
Setting – London, England
Publisher: Independently published (September 30, 2019)
Paperback: 266 pages
ISBN-10: 1698265018
ISBN-13: 978-1698265018

You can read my review here. 

A Daughter’s Truth
Women’s Fiction/Amish
Setting – Pennsylvania
Kensington (May 28, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716485
ISBN-13: 978-1496716484
Kindle ASIN: B07H1ZQY11

You can read my review here. 

Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711912
ISBN-13: 978-1496711915

You can read my review here.

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Diversion Books (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1635766478
ISBN-13: 978-1635766479
Kindle ASIN: B07V1YFW55
You can read my review here.

A Woman of Two Minds
Medical Thriller/Suspense
Setting – Nevada
Black Opal Books (November 9, 2019)
Paperback: 300 pages
ISBN-10: 1644371677
ISBN-13: 978-1644371671
Kindle ASIN: B07WDD56PL
You can read my review here.

Let’s Fake a Deal (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (July 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716981
ISBN-13: 978-1496716989
You can read my review here.

Run Away
Setting – New York
Grand Central Publishing (March 19, 2019)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-10: 1538748460
ISBN-13: 978-1538748466
Kindle ASIN: B07F67CXPW
You can read my review here.

Died in the Wool: A Whisky Business Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
Alibi (June 18, 2019)
Print Length ~300 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GN17SQJ
You can read my review here.

Brewed Awakening (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
Berkley (December 3, 2019)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-10: 0451488873
ISBN-13: 978-0451488879
Digital ASIN: B07GQHK51D
You can read my review here.

The Loch Ness Papers (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Scotland
Minotaur Books (April 2, 2019)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250127815
ISBN-13: 978-1250127815
Kindle ASIN: B07H7CS993
You can read my review here.

A Witch to Remember: A Wishcraft Mystery
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Crooked Lane Books (April 9, 2019)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1683319788
ISBN-13: 978-1683319788
Kindle ASIN: B07H7QRV4R
You can read my review here.

Fiddling with Fate (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting – Wisconsin/Norway
Midnight Ink (September 8, 2019)
Paperback: 360 pages
ISBN-10: 0738760900
ISBN-13: 978-0738760902
Kindle ASIN: B07KN76WMH
You can read my review here.

What were your favorite books this year? Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

I am so excited about the books being released in 2020. There is no way I will be able to read them all. 

I have started a list of 2020 Recommendations, they are mostly cozy mysteries. I will continue to add to the page all year through and announce future escapes on My Monday Reading Itinerary posts. 

2020 Recommendations

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways. It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent this year. I will start my 11th year of blogging about books on Tuesday. Be sure to come back for an amazing week of giveaways! 

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Oct 222019

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Diversion Books (September 24, 2019)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1635766478
ISBN-13: 978-1635766479
Kindle ASIN: B07V1YFW55

Sid is back with a murder that’s sure to send a chill down your spine in Leigh Perry’s festive new mystery.

Dr. Georgia Thackery is back at home with her parents after finding a new adjunct position at Bostock College. Everyone is excited for their first family Christmas with nothing to hide. Why? Because Georgia’s daughter Madison is now in the know about Sid, their walking, talking family skeleton.

But their Christmas cheer is interrupted when the Thackerys’ dog Byron goes missing on a cold December night. When he’s finally found, he has a femur clutched between his jaws, and Georgia and Madison race to apologize to Sid for letting the dog gnaw on him yet again.

Except that all of Sid’s bones are present and accounted for.

This bone is from somebody else, and when they trace Byron’s trail to an overgrown lot nearby, they find the rest of the skeleton. It’s the normal kind, not moving or telling jokes, and when the police come to take charge, they’re sure it was murder.

And one of Georgia’s adjunct friends could be implicated.

With tensions stirring at the college and everyone hiding a secret or two, Sid and Georgia must uncover the truth before the ghost of a Christmas past strikes again.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We meet many wonderful characters in most of the books we read, and in cozy mysteries, we meet their canine, feline and bovine friends too. But hands down Sid is my favorite character of all. This smart, savvy, witty, wonderful skeleton stole my heart back in book #1 – A Skeleton in the Family. Sid is a walking – talking – dancing skeleton that is Dr. Georgia Thackery’s best friend. Sid’s phalanges fly over the computer keyboard in his attic room, where he does his research to help Georgia solve murder mysteries. He is also quite portable in a special bag where he can stealthy see what is happening and text on his cell phone faster than I will ever be able to do with one hand. It is also not unheard of for him to don a disguise or two to help Georgia out.  Sid is a character I will never forget and wish I had a Sid of my own.

This time Georgia is working at Bostock College and living with her daughter back at home with her parents.  Christmas is right around the corner and it should be merry because the family is back together. But when the family dog, Byron brings home a prize bone that turns out to be a human femur (that does not belong to Sid) the merriment hits a bump in the road.  Bryon becomes the star of the hour and they follow his trail to find the rest of the body. A body that may have ties to Bostock College. Hoping to wrap the case up before Christmas, Sid and Georgia use all their talents to catch a killer.

Georgia Thackery who I believe is in her early 40’s is an adjunct English professor so she goes where the job is around the New England area. Her parents are tenured professors at the local college and you can usually find a student or two at their dinner table. Georgia’s sister Deborah is a security expert and can open almost every lock. Georgia also has a teenage daughter, Madison. Sid has been a part of this household for years and is the family’s secret.

The mystery starts when the body that is found but then twists and turns with connections between the present and the past. I felt the story was very unique and was totally delighted to go along for the ride. I had completely escaped into the story excited for the big killer reveal which was great but that was surpassed by a whiplash-like twist Ms. Perry throws at us at the end. Nicely played Ms. Perry! Nicely played.

As you can imagine with a skeleton being a lead character, this story is full of humor. Readers will experience tittering, giggling, a chortle or two, and even laugh out loud moments. Ms. Perry also adds a little romance to Georgia’s life with a former character returning too. The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking excels at everything I look for in a cozy mystery.

“Oh, my spine and femur!” This is such a fantastic book! Leigh Perry has penned a marvelous cozy mystery. With winter/Christmas as a background, readers get to follow Georgia and Sid ever step of the way.  This book is classified as a paranormal or supernatural cozy mystery. I really don’t think of it that way. For me Sid just is Sid, nothing spooky or supernatural about it 🙂 Coccyx, You just have to read it! Read the whole series!! You will come to love Sid as much as I do!

This book will be on my Best Reads of 2019 list!

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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.”

Oct 142019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Massachusetts and Mackinac Island!

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

Escapes Completed

Read and Buried: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – October 15, 2019
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Molded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Telephone Line (The Country Club Murders)
by Julie Mulhern
Release Date – June 18, 2019
Setting – Missouri
My Review will be up on Thursday! 

Malice in Maggody (The Arly Hanks Mysteries)
by Joan Hess
Release Date – February 5, 1991 – Reprint February 14, 2017
Setting – Arkansas
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes

The Skeleton Stuffs a Stocking (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts

Fudge Bites (A Candy-Coated Mystery)
by Nancy Coco
Release Date – September 24, 2018
Setting – Mackinac Island
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Versions of Her
by Andrea Lochen
Release Date – July 23, 2019
Wisconsin Author
For Review

Future Escapes

Releasing October 14 – 20, 2019

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Nov 092018

The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry


About the Book

The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – New Hampshire (for Georgia’s Summer Job)
Diversion Books (November 6, 2018)
Paperback: 280 pages
ISBN-10: 1635764440
ISBN-13: 978-1635764444
Digital ASIN: B07GT39K2X

Georgia Thackery is feeling pretty good about her summer job teaching at prestigious Overfeld College, and she’s renting a rustic cabin right by a lake for herself, her daughter, Madison, and her best friend, Sid the Skeleton. Together again, the trio are enjoying the quiet when a teenager named Jen shows up looking for her friend. Georgia doesn’t recognize the name, but she learns that the person Jen was looking for is actually Sid.

Sid reveals that he and Jen are part of a regular online gaming group that formed locally, and one of their members has gone missing. Sid admits that he might have bragged about his investigative prowess, enough so that Jen wants him to find their missing player. Given that Sid doesn’t have many friends offline—none, really, unless you count the Thackery family—Georgia agrees to help him search. They manage to discreetly enlist Jen, who lives in town, and follow the clues to… a dead buddy.

Now they’ve got a killer on their hands. Probing the life of Sid’s friend, they realize a lot is wrong both on campus and in the seemingly quaint town, and someone doesn’t want them looking deeper.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I love this series and I loved this story.

The prestigious Overfeld College has hired Georgia Thackery for their summer program for high schoolers. She, her daughter Madison, and Sid, the skeleton have settled in nicely at a cabin of one of her parent’s former students. That it is right next to a lake makes taking this position almost like a vacation.  When a teenager shows up with her mother in tow looking for someone Georgia has never heard of things get very interesting. Especially when Georgia realizes the person the girl was looking for was Sid’s online gaming persona. She wanted his help in trying to locate a member of the online group who has missed some important events in the game. Georgia feels the player may have a good reason for not playing, vacation, work, school, you know something IRL (in real life). But since Sid and his new friend, of which he does have many, are clearly worried she consents to help track the guy down. Strangely their investigation leads them right back to Overfeld College and a dead body.

What I love best about these stories is that I clearly accept Sid as he is, a walking, talking skeleton with an invisible heart and a wonderful sense of humor, his own cell phone and set of lock pics. He stays up all night, skeletons don’t need to sleep, typing away on his laptop, investigating everything he can online so he can give Georgia a full report in the morning. Then she does some legwork, sometimes bringing him along in a very clever way. Sid also does stakeouts, again at night while Georgia grabs 40 winks. And he can go places and do things Georgia or frankly no other human could ever do. I want my own Sid! Everyone needs a best friend like Sid. Georgia is beyond lucky!

Ms. Perry has written a delightful mystery starring two of my all-time favorite characters. My youngest son and now my grandson are avid video game players. When my grandson arrives I get a hug and a few minutes with him before he signs into the Xbox and puts on his headset to check in with his online friends. (He doesn’t have an Xbox at home so this is a weekend treat.) Just listening to him converse with his friends makes me smile, so I completely understand Sid and his friend’s connection. It is so cool that the author brought this into the cozy mystery realm. Tracking down online friends isn’t easy because they have avatars and different names for each type of game they play. Sid really carried the ball for this part of the investigation. Then he and Georgia and now Madison pull out all the stops to find the killer.

The story takes so many fun twists and turns trying to find the right suspects, what was their motive and how they were benefitted by the death. I really enjoyed the whole process. A very dangerous event puts key characters in danger. It was so exciting and scary too. I was on the edge of my seat just trying to keep up.

Now you know with a cozy mystery there is going to be humor and with a character like Sid, you have to imagine there are going to be laugh out loud moments and there were. The puns, the skeleton’s facial expressions described so perfectly that they were easy to envision, and the predicaments he gets himself into. From beginning to end Sid stole my heart and tickled my funny bone.

If you haven’t read any books in this series you can start with this book because it reads well all on its own. Ms. Perry has done an excellent job in giving you plenty of background to enjoy this installment. You will probably want to then read all the rest.

Woo Hoo! I am excited to add this book to my Best Reads of 2018 list. I can’t wait for Sid and Georgia’s next story.

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About the Author

Leigh Perry is the author of the Family Skeleton Series: A Skeleton in the Family, The Skeleton Takes a Bow, The Skeleton Haunts a House, and The Skeleton Paints a Picture.

Author Links

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Praise for The Skeleton Makes a Friend (A Family Skeleton Mystery)
by Leigh Perry

The Skeleton Makes a Friend is a humorous cozy mystery with delightful characters. Sid is one of those characters that you cannot help but love. He is a skeleton with a quirky personality and a zest for life.
~The Avid Reader

I love the inclusion of a paranormal element, and author Leigh Perry has demonstrated real creativity in creating an ambulatory, active, talking, will-power operating, texting, online gaming, online researching, skeleton. Yes, I kid you not. This is not the plastic skeleton you see at Halloween, nor the real type in Medical School Anatomy Labs. Sid is for real, and nearly perfect.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies



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Mar 232018

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.

The Skeleton Paints a Picture: A Family Skeleton Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Diversion Books (October 10, 2017)
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635760460
Kindle ASIN: B07581335D



Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too.

The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision.

Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it—until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so happy this series has found a new home.

Georgia Thackery has a new position at Falstone College of Art and Design, which meant moving out of her parents home but leaving her daughter there to stay in her school. That means Georgia gets a little lonely and all the snow falling doesn’t help. One day she arrives home from work to find 2 large boxes waiting on her porch. Imagine her surprise when she opens the first on to find her pal Sid. Sid the skeleton would walks and talks and loves to shovel snow. Sid has lived with her family since Georgia was six. His arrival was just what she needed. Then Sid wakes her up in the middle of the night telling her he found something. She bundles up and trudges out in the snow following Sid to what appears to have been a car accident. The driver did not survive. Georgia is shocked to learn the victim was part of her department at the college and she and Sid start to think her death was not an accident but murder. Especially when the police started questioning her more about the case. They decide to use Sid’s mad computer skills to start an investigation of their own.

I want my own Sid! What a cool thing to have. Who wouldn’t want a friend like him? He is a great sounding board, gives awesome advice, doesn’t sleep and loves to clean and cook and is an excellent assistant sleuth!

We meet a whole new cast of characters with Georgia’s new job. It is a crew full of artists and the English professors that teach the classes that are part of the general curriculum for students to get their degrees. They are a unique group. Georgia does have a past history with one of the profs, but can barely stand to be around him now, he is kinda creepy.

Leigh Perry has made my day by continuing this series. Georgia and Sid are two of my favorite cozy characters. At no time do you feel as if Sid is beyond the realm of possibility. The relationship he has with Georgia and family seems perfectly real. I don’t even think that is this any kind of a paranormal story when I am reading. Sid just IS and I have accepted that  – at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

The author also gives us a solid mystery to solve. Who would want to kill the woman who runs the writing lab at the college? Full of twists and turns and a lot of digging by Sid brings forth several suspects. Georgia enlists the help of a couple of students to try to draw out the real killer. The pace was brisk, the dialogue was just right and the drama was at the perfect level. There are also many laugh out loud moments, your funny bone will be tickled.  Sid antics just crack me up and had me cheering when he saves the day at the end of the story.

This is a great series but with a new publisher this one can be read all on its own, but I bet you will want to go back and read the first three too!

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