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Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery) by Elizabeth McKenna #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ElizaMcKenna


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

About Murder up to Bat


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Independently Published (August 18, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 186 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8218055424
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BBPPR2SF

Mystery with a whiff of romance…After falling in love with the quiet lake life and a certain police detective, former Chicago Tribune reporter Emma Moore trades interviewing jocks for chasing champion cows at the county fair. As a small-town newspaper reporter, she covers local topics both big and small, but when her friend Luke is arrested for the murder of the head coach of his club softball team, she’ll need to hone her investigative skills to clear his name. Emma calls up her best friend Grace for help, and together the women go up against cutthroat parents willing to kill for a chance to get their daughters onto a premier college sports team.

It’s the bottom of the ninth with bases loaded, and murder is up to bat. Can Emma and her friends bring the heat and win the game?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

People all over take their kid’s sports very seriously especially when scouts are watching with the promise of college scholarships. In Murder up to Bat, it is girls’ softball at the forefront and a coach being killed.

Reporter Emma Moore and her significant other Detective Ryan O’Mara arrive at their friend Luke’s gym, LT’s Performance and Fitness Center, just in time to see Luke standing over Coach Brian Barnett with a bat in his hand. Emma knows the scene is daunting but there is no way her friend Luke is responsible for that attack. Thankfully her best friend Grace is in town visiting. Together they will be doing some scouting of their own with the promise of clearing Luke’s name and catching the real killer.


I enjoyed the first book in this series, set in my home state of Wisconsin, and was thrilled when I learned this book was being released. Let me tell you it was worth the wait. Elizabeth McKenna did not disappoint.

Emma Moore has made her home in Fontana reporting about champion cows and small-town life instead of the hustle of Chicago. Of course, falling in love with Fontana Detective Ryan O’Mara made the move pretty easy. She is making new friends like Luke while still keeping in touch with old friends like Grace who comes to visit in this story. Emma could see Luke was attracted to Grace from the moment they met but Grace was oblivious at first. Now, Grace is all in to clear Luke of murder and see what their future holds. All four characters are relatable and likable.

The new characters introduced in this story, the softball players, their parents, and coaches are well-crafted, all with a purpose to the story. While none has been driven to murder I have witnessed people like them in real life. Ms. McKenna has captured their stunning behavior perfectly.

The author has written a very tangled-up mystery that was not easy to solve. Gossip, jealousy, and secrets lead Emma, Grace, Luke, and Ryan in several different directions before the truth is revealed. It was a surprising and emotional ending.

For me, Murder up to Bat was A Perfect Escape. A mystery with just the right about of romance and engaging core characters! I hope we don’t have to wait as long for the 3rd book in this series. I am anxious to take the short trip south to the Fontana/Lake Geneva area again soon.

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About Elizabeth McKenna 

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

Her novels reflect her mercurial temperament and include historical romances, contemporary romances, cozy mysteries, and dark mysteries. With some being “clean” and some being “naughty,” she has a book for your every mood.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband and Sidney, the rescue dog from Tennessee. When she isn’t writing, reading, editing, or walking the dog that never tires, she’s sleeping.

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Great Escapes Praise for Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

Wow, Ms. McKenna knows how to start the story going with this mystery. Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna is a great story that ended up being worth the three-year wait. I am rating Murder up to Bat by Elizabeth McKenna with five stars, and I recommend it to all you cozy readers out there. I can’t wait for more of these tales.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

If you are looking for an entertaining, enjoyable, and unique cozy mystery, I highly recommend you give Murder Up To Bat by Elizabeth McKenna a try.
~The Book Decoder

 

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The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery) by Elizabeth McKenna #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ElizaMcKenna

The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

About the Book 


The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Independently Published (June 3, 2019)
Paperback: 204 pages
ISBN-10: 0578503018
ISBN-13: 978-0578503011
Digital ASIN: B07SKB5YX7

Mystery with a splash of romance…

Chicago Tribune reporters Emma and Grace have been best friends since college despite coming from different worlds. When Grace is assigned to cover an annual charity ball and auction being held at a lakeside mansion and her boyfriend bails on her, she brings Emma as her plus one. The night is going smoothly until Emma finds the host’s brother unconscious in the study. Though at first it is thought he was tipsy and stumbled, it soon becomes clear more is afoot, as the wall safe is empty and a three-million-dollar diamond necklace is missing. With visions of becoming ace investigative journalists, Emma and Grace set out to solve the mystery, much to the chagrin of the handsome local detective.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Tribune Lifestyle reporter Grace Warner is assigned to cover a charity ball at a Lake Geneva mansion owned by Ivy and Edward Braun and she drags along best friend Emma Moore who also works for the Trib as a sports reporter.  Grace is friends with the Brauns so she feels right at home. But it is Emma who finds a man knocked out in the study. More investigation finds the wall safe empty. A three-million-dollar necklace that was there before the event started is now missing.

Grace has dreams of becoming an investigative reporter and knows solving this case could be her big break. Enter Detective Ryan O’Mara who may have chemistry with Emma, but doesn’t like her and her friend butting into his case.

First, I have to mention the setting.  Lake Geneva is a beautiful place for a vacation and it sounds like Ivy and Edward Braun live in one of the palatial estates complete with a pool on the roof. Most of the summer residents have Chicago ties but Wisconsinites love to visit and know it’s rich history. It is the perfect place to set a mystery series.

Ms. McKenna has crafted strong and engaging characters. Emma and Grace’s friendship shines in this story. They couldn’t be more different but over the years they have grown so close those differences don’t matter. They make a great investigative team too. The author also introduces us to Detective Ryan O’Mara. He is a cop’s cop. An Irish Jamaican who is attracted to Emma almost immediately. They all feel genuine and the dialogue is spot-on.

It was refreshing to not have a dead body to start off the story. Instead, we have a thief and a mansion full of suspects. Detective O’Mara is on the case but Emma and Grace seem to have the inside advantage. This, of course, puts them in danger. The author lays things out in a logical way but she throws in twists that really sent by deliberations of the guilty party in several different directions.

Well plotted, paced and written, this series is off to a grand start I want to delve into these characters deeper and get to know them better. For her first foray into the cozy mystery genre, Elizabeth McKenna done herself proud.

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About the Author

Elizabeth McKenna’s love of books reaches back to her childhood, where her tastes ranged from Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys to Stephen King’s horror stories. She had never read a romance novel until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene). She combined her love of history, romance, and a happy ending to write Cera’s Place and Venice in the Moonlight. Her contemporary romance novel, First Crush Last Love, is loosely based on her life during her teens and twenties. The Great Jewel Robbery is her debut cozy mystery, and she hopes readers will like it as much as they have enjoyed her romances.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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Praise for The Great Jewel Robbery (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna

The Great Jewel Robbery by Elizabeth McKenna is a fantastic book. I loved it from the first page of the book until the end.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

A fun friendship book with an interesting cozy mystery and a hint of romance.
~Laura’s Interests

I liked this book. Emma and Grace are likable, well-developed characters . . . A great start to a new mystery series.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

I enjoyed this cozy mystery. It was a quick read and once I started the book, I didn’t want to stop until I figured out who the thief was. I definitely recommend this story to cozy mystery lovers . . .
~Carla Loves To Read

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Review: Venice in the Moonlight by Elizabeth McKenna

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Venice in the Moonlight
Historical Romantic Mystery
Paperback: 194 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492720195
E-Book File Size: 1623 KB
ASIN: B00FMGW38E
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Set in Italy, 1753

Trapped in a loveless marriage Marietta endures each day until her husband’s sudden passing. Put out by his parents she returns home to Venice to start over.

Nico Foscari, eldest son of one of the founding families in Venice, is consider worthless and useless by his heartless father. He spends his days and nights womanizing, gambling and drinking.

Fate plays a hand by bringing this unlikely twosome together. But when Marietta finds out Nico’s father may have had something to do with her father’s death she needs to decide between vengeance or love.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was blown away by Elizabeth McKenna’s book Cera’s Place so when she offered me a copy of this story I jumped at it. And again I was blown away.

She takes us back in time and mixes mystery with romance flawlessly. The characters are dynamic. The way she describes time and place is just outstanding.  This story just flows. My only complaint was I didn’t want it to end.  I escaped right into the pages and didn’t want to leave.

I hesitate to give too much away to the story. Let me just say there is a lot packed into these pages and you won’t be able to put it down. History, mystery and romance collide to make this book a PERFECT ESCAPE!!

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Dollycas
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About This Author

Elizabeth McKenna works as a full-time technical writer/editor for a large software company. Though her love of books reaches back to her childhood, she had never read romance novels until one Christmas when her sister gave her the latest bestseller by Nora Roberts. She was hooked from page one (actually, she admits it was the first love scene).

She had always wanted to write fiction, so when a psychic told her she would write a book, she felt obligated to give it a try. She combined her love of history, romance and a happy ending to write her debut novel, Cera’s Place. Her short story, The Gypsy Casts a Spell, is available for free on her website http://elizabethmckenna.com/. She hopes you will enjoy her latest novel, Venice in the Moonlight, as much as others have enjoyed her previous works.

Elizabeth lives in Wisconsin with her understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and sassy Labrador. When she isn’t writing, working, or being a mom, she’s sleeping.

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Both Books are available for Kindle at just 99 cents!!! You can also read her short story for free by clicking the link on her webpage.

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.”

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