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Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Killer Characters by Ellery Adams – #Review / #Giveaway – @BerkleyMystery


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
Today I am featuring the last book in the Books By The Bay Mystery Series.


Killer Characters (A Books by the Bay Mystery)
8th and Final Book in Series
Setting – North Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (May 2, 2017)
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451488442
Kindle ASIN: B01K1ATZHM

Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is happily enjoying her new marriage. Sadly, the same doesn’t hold true for Laurel, a fellow Bayside Book Writer. While struggling with a demanding job, twin boys, and a terminally ill mother-in-law, Laurel learns that her perfect marriage is mostly fictional. When she catches her husband fooling around with his mother’s hospice nurse, she issues impassioned threats that will later come back to haunt her.

After the nurse meets a deadly denouement, Chief Rawlings is forced to take Laurel into custody. While Olivia protests the arrest, the rest of the Bayside Book Writers become a group divided, with Rawlings and Harris on one side and Olivia and Millay on the other. Now the women must race against the clock to prove that Laurel’s not the sort for murder before her story ends in tragedy…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this final installment to this beloved series we see Laurel struggling to hold things together. Her husband is basically absent from her life and she is trying to raise her twins, hold down her job, and dealing with a terminally ill mother-in-law that has never liked her. When Laurel finds out how her spouse has been occupying his time she explodes with some verbal remarks that could end up costing her everything. Olivia and the Bayside Book Writers pull out all the stops to prove her innocence.

First, I need to say this series was ended by the publisher, not the author. She has stating publicly that this book was very hard for her to write. Readers have built a connection to these characters but she was the one that gave them life. Whatever we are feeling is nowhere near the pain she felt and is still feeling about ending their journey. She chose to end it in a way for me that very surprising at first but when I took a step back I totally understood why she did this. This story invoked strong emotions for me and will for all fans of these characters. I recommend you have some tissues handy because you will need them for the ending.

That being said, she gives us a mystery we can sink our teeth into as it splits the Bayside Book Writers apart. Chief Rawlings is too close to Laurel to take the lead on the investigation and there is only so much he can pass on to Olivia and Millay. Harris is still working the case but he too has to be careful not to overshare and put the investigation in jeopardy. This doesn’t sit well with Olivia or Millay. So needless to say situations can get tense. There are twists and turns and suspense that really upped my heart rate.

These characters have grown so much since the first book in a way that was believable. Olivia as the main character brought this wonderful group together and readers fell for them almost immediately. Starting with the lovable Capt. Haviland, always by Olivia’s side. Chief Rawlings and Olivia’s relationship spanned the series bringing two very independent people together. Laurel, Millay, Harris round out the writer’s group and their lives intermingle within the pages. We also met Chef Michel and the fabulous roller skating waitress Dixie. Each of the characters have worked their way into my heart and I treasure the time I got to spend with them whether at the lighthouse, Grumpy’s Diner, The Boot Top Bistro or out and about in Oyster Bay.

This series is binge-worthy if you haven’t started it yet or are a book or two behind. Fans will be emotional and moved by this final book.

Thank you Ellery Adams! You are a master storyteller. We are all blessed for the time we spent in Oyster Bay.

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 To find out more about Ellery and all her books visit her webpage here.






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#Review / #Giveaway – Murder in the Secret Garden by Ellery Adams @penguincozies

murder in the secret garden
Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (August 2, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265611
E-Book – ASIN: B01839Q2M4
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Things really go to seed in the newest novel in the New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries…

There is a hidden garden bordering the grounds of Jane Steward’s book-themed resort—a garden filled with beautiful but deadly plants such as mandrake and nightshade. Tucked away behind ivy-covered walls and accessible only through a single locked door, as described in the pages of Frances Hodges Burnett’s classic novel, the garden is of special interest to Jane’s current group of guests, The Medieval Herbalists. But when one of them turns up dead, Jane must discover whether a member of the group has come to Storyton Hall to celebrate their passion for plant lore or to implement a particularly cruel means for murder.

With thousands of books at her disposal, Jane believes she has the proper materials to solve this deadly problem. If she’s wrong, however, she may lose something far more precious than the contents of Storyton’s secret library…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I am so excited to be back in Storyton and to wander the beautiful gardens. No cell phones, no computers, no deadlines, a vacation from the rat race surrounded by books, books and more books.

The Medieval Herbalists are guests at Storyton Hall and when one their bodies is found floating down the river Jane and the Finns are on the case. The suspects are many but they are up to weeding out the murderer.

Ellery Adams continues to create stories that surpass the last. The mysteries of the secret garden at Storyton bring us straight back to the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It makes me want to find my old copy and reread it yet again because I am sure there are more correlations the author referenced that I have since forgotten.

We already know what an amazing place Storyton Hall is from the first two books in this series that now we travel the gardens and a very special garden makes the place even more idyllic. I particularly enjoyed the way Jane’s sons, Hemi and Fitz start out hating helping their mother weed the garden but soon become totally invested when a little cash is offered and they start to learn about the plants and get excited about the bounty the gardens produce. Being covered in dirt from head to toe and having so much fun.

In addition to the Steward family’s life at such a wonderful place Adams gives us a fantastic mystery to sink our teeth into. The suspect pool is pretty full but as each one is eliminated Jane feels she is missing something. The motive just doesn’t seem to be what it appears. She keeps digging until all the clues and secrets are revealed and even then she has a couple of loose ends. This was a tough one to figure out. I also still think there is more to the overall Book Retreat Mystery story. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but there is something there.

It is also interesting that Storyton Hall has its own set of investigators, The Finns, staff members who are more than who they appear to be to the guests. They “work” with the police in their own way but they always seek out answers most times before even alerting the authorities. This time part of the crimes happen out of the local jurisdiction and I was a bit surprised there was more fallout from their actions.

This is a series that needs to be read in order to fully enjoy each story. They are also stories to savor and not rush through because this author knows her stuff and drops hints than can appear to be insignificant at first but can be very important as the mystery continues.

I loved my latest retreat to Storyton. I anticipate some excellent visits in the future. I recommend you book your retreat to Storyton as soon as possible and enjoy your little break from the stress of every day life.

perfect 2016

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

 To find out more about Ellery and all her books visit her webpage here.




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Review/ #Giveaway – Writing All Wrongs by Ellery Adams

WRITING ALL WRONGSWriting All Wrongs
(A Books by the Bay Mystery)

7th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (November 3, 2015)
An Imprint of Penguin Ransom House LLC
Cover Illustration by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270844
E-Book ASIN: B00SI026LU
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The New York Times bestselling author of Lethal Letters returns to the North Carolina Coast, where aspiring novelist and amateur sleuth Olivia Limoges discovers crime doesn’t take a vacation . . 
 
After Olivia and Chief Rawlings enjoy a brief honeymoon on Palmetto Island, they’re joined by the rest of the Bayside Book Writers for the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival. The festival’s highlight is Silas Black, celebrity screenwriter and television producer, who is currently working on a popular television show in North Carolina.

As the festival gets under way, a trickster seems to be bringing famous local ghost stories to life. But when the body of a woman close to Black is found on the beach, Olivia and her friends must deduce who on the island could resort to murder—before the sands of time run out for someone else…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Olivia and Chief Rawlings are finding the way in the marriage department. They were both used to their alone time and solitary space. Hard to learn how to live with a person day in and day out when you are pretty set in your ways, but I have faith they will work everything out. Taking a honeymoon on Palmetto Island seems like a good start. They are joined after a couple of days by their friends, the Bayside Book Writers, as the Coastal Carolina Crime Festival starts. Celebrity, Silas Black, is the main draw to the festival but when local ghost stories start to come to life and a woman is found dead on the beach the fun the group was having comes to an end. When the main suspect is someone they know it’s all hands on deck to find the real killer.

Ellery Adams takes her characters on a bit of vacation and where they go trouble seems to follow. Palmetto Island sounds like a beautiful place. I can understand the residents wanting to keep part of the island in its original state and the anger as another developer comes in to put up another hotel. The character of Jan is not afraid to protest or rile people up to protect the habitat. We also meet a man who lived his whole life, 90 years, on Palmetto Island. He is quite a storyteller too. Adams draws such dynamic characters, new and old and even dogs. They are all so engaging.

The mystery itself has many moving parts. The ghost stories being reenacted, the sale of a large piece of land, the festival, a book release, and more. They are all blended together with a very fine hand. The words and the images they formed were so captivating. It was quite an adventure.

Adams is an extraordinary storyteller. In this series she writes the main story but also because the cast are writers themselves she has to write pieces of their stories too. In this installment one of them actually has had a book published and while it probably isn’t my cup of tea I almost expect it to pop up on my Amazon feed. She adds even more stories this time as we hear the Palmetto Island ghost stories.

I have loved this series from the start and I want more, more, more!!

a perfect escape

5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

 To find out more about Ellery and all her books visit her webpage here.


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Guest Post/Giveaway – Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks

tea book
Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks
(Cozy Chicks Kitchen series)
(Volume 2)
Self Published – October 6, 2015
Paperback: 228 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1517385781
E-Book ASIN: B014OE31SA
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The Cozy Chicks realized that tea was such a perfect complement to cozy mysteries that we decided to write a book about it. Not only does Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks have delicious recipes, but it also includes themed tea menus, fascinating articles, fun facts, curious quotes, and helpful hints on how to host the most memorable tea parties ever! And for an extra treat, a few of us have included excerpts of our work as well! Read, cook, drink tea, savor, and most of all enjoy!

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Tea parties have been around for well over 3,000 years. People on all parts of the earth have tea parties every day. So sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea, and let me tell you about Tea Time With the Cozy Chicks.

First of all who are the Cozy Chicks? If you haven’t visited our blog before, please pop by http://www.cozychicksblog.com. It’s a great way to get to know us and to catch a glimpse at the crazy life of a mystery writer. The Cozy Chicks are…Ellery Adams, Lorraine Bartlett, Duffy Brown, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini, Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney.

We write cozy mysteries and in our books characters often gather around the table to discuss cases. They drink a staggering amount of caffeinated beverages and seem to be surrounded by an endless array of mouth-watering sandwiches, cookies, pastries, and chocolate. In short, these gals in our books have a pretty good time…unless theyre chasing the killer…and we thought it would be fun to spend a little time in their world.

The result is Tea Time With The Cozy Chicks filled with the lore of tea in so many of its incarnations. The book offers an assortment of tea parties like how to have a Bon Voyage tea, bachelorette tea, proper Yorkshire Tea, Chocolate Lovers tea etc. There are menus for each party, invitation suggestions, decorations, flowers, table settings, recipes galore and all hosted by characters from our books to add to the fun.

An afternoon tea party is suitable for many celebrations and isn’t as involved as a dinner party. Often a tea party can be the answer to friends just getting together. It’s an ideal format for a simple elegant party where the food is prepared before your guests arrive and is either presented buffet style, or by passing plates of goodies at the table. The best thing about a tea party is that the only thing you need to serve is the tea itself, leaving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy your guests.

There is more in Tea Time With the Cozy Chicks than just tea parties. There are ideas on tea paring, tea towels, antique teapots and cups, reading tea leaves and the book gives favorite tearooms that we’ve discovered. These are tearooms that Duffy Brown came across in Savannah and on Mackinac Island. These tearooms are filled with charm and delicious tea, pastries and delicious sandwiches and are just for you here and not included in the book.

Tea Rooms of the South:

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Gryphon’s Tea Room

337 BULL ST., SAVANNAH, GEORGIA | 912.525.5880

Gryphon’s is located on Savannah’s Madison Square one of the 23 delightful oak and Spanish moss covered squares in the city. It boasts a 1926 Scottish Rite architectural profile and alluring café menu. The white-clothed tables, carved-mahogany bookcases, and original stained-glass panels convey warmth and graciousness and provide a front row seat to the iconic Bull Street. The lovely selection of teas and delicate sandwiches complete the experience. Herb-encrusted goat cheese medallions, sliced pear, toasted almonds, and dried cranberries on baby greens with a Vermont maple vinaigrette is a small sample of the delicious offerings inside.

The Serenity Tea Room

140 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Transport yourself with Serenity House Tea Society and leave your passport at home – that is the owner’s motto.

A trip to the Serenity is a mini vacation to India with the taste of a real Chai with cardamom pods, cloves and more – or perhaps a visit to Morocco with Nana -Mint; drop into China with Heaven’s Green and a Sencha from Japan, Mate from South America and Rooibos and Honeybush from South Africa or flavor a tea at home with fresh organic Lavender from France. Or you can spiritually enhance your mood with Spiritual Energy –relieve your stress with Stressless.

 Mackinac Island:

High Tea at the Grand Hotel is not to be missed

In keeping with more than 100 years of Grand Hotel tradition, Afternoon Tea is served each day in the Parlor. Guests enjoy tea, sherry and champagne, petite finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and an array of pastries, accompanied by a chamber music recital. High tea dress is required in the sundrenched parlor of green brocade couches, pink club chairs, sparkling chandeliers and a view of the Grand Hotel porch, the largest porch in the world that is two-football fields long and adorned with 2500 germaniums. 

Fort Mackinac Tea Room

7127 Huron Road, Mackinac Island

One of the most delightful and scenic settings on Mackinac Island to enjoy tea. Tour this historic fort then relax afterwards under bright yellow umbrellas with a cup of delicious tea and light fare. The tea room offers a full view of the town below, boats bobbing in the harbor and the busy port.

So tell us about your favorite place to have tea. Do you have a special blend for the summer and one for winter? A tea for when you’re sick or have a cold? Tell us about your tea and we’ll give away two adorable teapot teabag holders and some of our favorite peach tea from the answers.

~The Cozy Chicks

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I will announce the winners on Saturday!! 

Dollycas
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Review/Giveaway – Murder in the Paperback Parlor by Ellery Adams

murder paperback parlorMurder in the Paperback Parlor
(A Book Retreat Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
Setting – Virginia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (August 4, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Shane Rebenshied
Cover Illustration by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425265604
E-Book ASIN: B00QH832AO
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The New York Times bestselling Book Retreat mysteries feature Storyton Hall, the perfect getaway for literature lovers—except when a guest tries to get away with murder…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Jane Steward is organizing a week of activities for fans of love stories at her book-themed resort. But her Regency readers barely have time to brush up on their Jane Austen before tragedy strikes Storyton Hall. Rosamund York, one of the most celebrated authors in attendance, is killed.

Rosamund had as many enemies as she did admirers, including envious fellow novelists, a jealous former lover, and dozens of angry fans. It’s up to Jane, with the help of her book club, the Cover Girls, to catalog the list of suspects and find a heartless killer quickly—before the murderer writes someone else off…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was blown away by the first book in this series, Murder in the Mystery Suite, and this one is even better.

We return to Storyton just in time for Romancing the Reader week. The hall is full of lovers of romance novels and Jane has arranged for some special romance authors to attend as well. A full week of activities is planned including a search to find the perfect model for an upcoming romance novel cover, author panels and more. The most well known author is Rosamund York. There is a little friction between her and the other authors but Jane never thought anyone would kill her. When her body is found Jane, the new Guardian of the Library, knows she has to move quickly to find the person responsible and save the reputation of Storyton Hall. She enlists the help of the Cover Girls and a few trusted members of the staff to help her target the killer and bring them justice.

Storyton Hall is a quite a place. Secret stairways, secrets passages, secret room and most important of all a secret library. It is a book lover’s dream come true. The staff is unique, each person seems to have at least one secret talent. The characters are truly dynamic and escape right into your heart. As with the first book I still cannot choose a favorite.

Ellery Adams writes a story that puts you right in the room, looking over Jane Steward’s shoulder, taking in all the mayhem and mystery. There were quite a few suspects and more twists than I could count.The subplots just flow perfectly through the main mystery.

This is one of those stories that you want to savor and read slowly so you do not miss a single clue or nuance but once you start reading and the mystery starts to unfold you find the pages are turning faster and faster. When you reach the end you are happy that the mystery is solved but sad that your visit to Storyton has come to an end. Then you realize you have to wait a year to return to a place you have come to love in just a little over 300 pages.

Ellery Adams is an extraordinary storyteller!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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Review/Giveaway – Lemon Pies and Little White Lies by Ellery Adams

lemon piesLemon Pies and Little White Lies
(A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery)

4th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Georgia
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (April 7, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Julia Green
Cover Design by Diana Kolsky
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425276020
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGLY2Y
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Books by the Bay series and the Book Retreat mysteries–Includes pie recipes!

After Pecan Pies and Homicides comes another tangy slice of life—and death—in a charmed, and charming, small town…

Ella Mae LeFaye’s Charmed Pie Shoppe has become a phenomenon beyond her wildest dreams, providing the enchanted town of Havenwood, Georgia, with spellbinding desserts and magical pies. Her personal life is also heating up as she takes on the responsibilities of leadership within her magical community. In fact, the only thing weighing her down is the fact that handsome Hugh Dylan won’t return her calls…

Still, when Havenwood is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, Ella Mae must put romantic longings aside—especially when she realizes that the mystical symbols left at each crime scene are dangerously personal. Now she will have to whip up all her supernatural skills to uncover a killer out to settle an ancient score—before the murderer devastates everything Ella Mae is determined to protect…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I finished this book and just said WOW! These books are not just cozy mysteries about a pie baking sleuth, they are magical, fantasy, cozy mysteries featuring an amazing pie baking sleuth!

Ella Mae faces her biggest task yet and so many people are counting on her to come through for them. At the same time she is terribly distracted dealing with her boyfriend’s absence. When people start dying and other crimes are all seem to link to Ella Mae she knows it is up to her to set things right and protect all the people she cares about.

Ellery Adams takes on a journey that will leave you breathless. Drama ensues all the way from Georgia to Scotland and many places in between. Fantasy soars in this story and escaping into is happens so easily. There are many details to catch so slow down so you catch every slice.

I have said this before, this series needs to be read in order to follow the progression of the characters to be fully enjoyed. Unlike some series stories you can pick up any of them and get caught up. That is not the case with this series. You need to read these books in order. Start with Pies and Prejudice, then Peach Pies and Alibis, then Pecan Pies and Homicides and the Lemon Pies and Little White Lies.

Oh yes, don’t forget the pies, the recipes are in the back of the book and the descriptions in the story will have your tummy rumbling for pie, in fact pie has become the favorite dessert in our house and we all say “there is always room for pie”.

I am so anxiously awaiting for the next story in this series. I can only imagine where the author will take us next!

a perfect escape
5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

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Review/Giveaway – Lethal Letters by Ellery Adams

lethal lettersLethal Letters
(A Books by the Bay Mystery)

6th book in the Series
Cozy Mystery
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (November 4, 2014)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Kimberly Schamber
Cover Design by Rita Frangie
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425270837
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Restaurant owner and aspiring novelist Olivia Limoges is busy planning a delicious menu for Oyster Bay’s biggest soiree of the spring. But she’ll need to serve some justice as well after one resident gets eighty-sixed…

Everyone’s got their hands full in Oyster Bay, North Carolina. Aside from two upcoming weddings, there’s also the historical society’s annual fund-raiser: the Secret Garden Party and Candlelit Ball. Adding to the excitement, Olivia witnesses the discovery of a time capsule in the foundation of a local church. The historical society president hopes to display its contents at their party, but when the items are finally revealed to the public, Olivia notices one of them has vanished.

After a frightening find beneath the pier—the body of Ruthie Holcomb—Olivia is certain there’s a connection between the young woman’s death and the missing piece from the time capsule. With the help of her fellow Bayside Book Writers, Olivia sets out to uncover some clues and ensure a killer has no reason to celebrate…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Ellery Adams weaves a tangled web of mystery and secrets along with not one but two weddings and big fundraiser in this sixth installment to this wonderful series!

Opening a time capsule starts a chain of events, including a murder that Olivia just has to solve. She was the one that found young Ruthie Holcomb’s body and is not going to stop until she finds out who killed Ruthie and why. She knows the time capsule is key and she also knows that something from that capsule disappeared between its original opening and the public unveiling. She just needs to find out what and it should lead her right to the killer.

I love this series, the characters have grown so much since the first book, A Killer Plot, when I sit down to read each story it is like I am visiting old friends. Olivia was a little hard to warm up to a first but she has a huge heart and it  took her awhile to really let it show, now it is shining. Her relationship with Rawlings has progressed at a perfect pace for both the readers and Olivia and she finally realizes it.  Her constant companion is Captain Haviland, a black standard poodle, I just love their dedication to each other. I was also so happy that Harris has returned to Oyster Bay and all the  Bayside Book Writers were together again.

The story grabbed my attention from page one and the new characters had my emotions flowing. No spoilers here but there will be those characters that you just hate and one that broke my heart. I will leave it at that.

Ellery is a spectacular storyteller. We vacationed for week in North Carolina several years ago and I absolutely fell in love with the place. Ellery takes me back there in each of the books. I can feel the sun on my face, the sand between the my toes and smell the ocean. The people there were open and welcoming just like most of the residents of Oyster Bay.  The food was delicious and I can almost taste the food Chef Michel prepares at Olivia’s restaurant.

This is a series you have to read from the beginning so if this is a new series to you please start with A Killer Plot and then continue on. They would be fantastic all read in a row.

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

To find out more about Ellery and all her books visit her webpage here.

GIVEAWAYThanks to the people at Penguin I have 2 copies of Lethal Letters to give away!
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Ellery Adams Month Continues – Welcome to Storyton!! Contest!!!

ellery adams monthWelcome to Storyton!
We are thrilled you have stopped by for a visit!

Storyton-map_smThere are plenty of places to visit in the village –

Run For Cover Bookshop
Cheshire Cat Pub
The Canvas Creamery
La Grande Dame Clothing Boutique
Tresses Hair Salon
The Pickled Pig Market
Geppetto’s Toy Shop
The Potter’s Shed
and more but we know you want get checked in at Storyton Hall.

 

Your journey to Storyton Hall begins at the train station. The moment you alight from the train car, a man dressed in impeccable blue and gold livery will raise a placard bearing your name. After collecting your luggage, your chauffeur will lead you to one of Storyton’s fleet of vintage Rolls Royce sedans. It looks like you’ll be spending the forty-five minute drive to the resort in the luxurious comfort of a Silver Shadow. While you gaze out the windows at the tree-covered hills and the endless blue sky, your driver will remind you of Storyton Hall’s technology restrictions. Because the resort caters to readers, we don’t want anything to disturb the tranquility of the public areas, so you may only use cell phones, tablets, ereaders, or computers in the privacy of your room. At first, this might cause you some anxiety, but you’ll soon find that it’s a boon to be able leave the cares of your busy life behind for a spell.

Ah, here comes your first glimpse of Storyton Hall now. Do you see how magnificent it is? How its central clock tower reaches toward the hills and its two long wings seem to reach out and out like a pair of arms opening to embrace you?

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Jane Steward, the resort manager and single mother to twin boys, Fitzgerald and Hemingway (Fitz and Hem for short). It’s my honor to invite you to stay in this manor that was once the Steward’s ancestral home. I come from a long line of readers, which is why most of the rooms in this great, sprawling mansion are named after famous authors.

Great Gatsby Ballroom
Madame Bovary Dining Room
Isak Dinesen Safari Room
Daphne Du Maurier Morning Room
Jane Austen Parlor
Shakespeare’s Theater
Kipling Cafe
Milton’s Gardens
Lewis Carroll Croquet Lawn
Beatrix Potter Playroom
William Faulker Conference Room
Henry James Library
Ian Fleming Lounge
Robin Hood Archery Range
Green Gables Gazebo
Jules Verne Pool

Now before you begin your tour please enjoy a glass of champagne and let me introduce you to the staff.

Our Butler, Mr. Butterworth, who is serving you right now.

Our Head Librarian, Mr. Sinclair.  Be sure to talk to him if you are looking for something special to read, a classic or a new bestseller..

Our Head Chauffeur, Mr. Sterling. He arranged your travel to Storyton Hall today and can help you if you would like to spend some time in the village.

Our Head of Recreation, Mr. Gavin.  He has all kinds of ideas for you to make the most of your stay here.

Our Head of Housekeeping, Mrs. Pimpernel. If you need anything for your room or forgot something you need at home she will be on hand to help you out.

And finally Our Head Chef, Mrs. Hubbard. An extraordinary chef. Believe me, you don’t want to pass up Mrs. Hubbard’s Victoria sponge, scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, or her delicious tea sandwiches.

It is Murder and Mayhem Week her at Storyton Hall. It starts tonight with a costume ball. I hope you’re prepared to come dressed as your favorite detective. Of course, I won’t be able to tell who’s who tonight. With all the Miss Marples, Hercule Poirots, and Tommy and Tuppences, a guest could get away with murder and I’d never know it!

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Now the stage is set. The rest is up to you!

This week’s contest is easy and fun!

You get a chance to write the story!

The story of your stay at Storyton Hall!

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Will you travel through the shops in Storyton?

How will you do without your cell phone and e-readers?

Did you bring some friends along on your trip?

Swim in the Jules Verne Pool?

Have lunch in the Kipling Cafe?

Stop by the Ian Fleming Lounge for a cocktail?

Find something interesting in one of Mrs. Hubbard’s Cupboards?

Have Mr. Sinclair find a special book for you in the library?

Who will you dress up as for the Murder and Mayhem Costume Ball?

Will you find a dead body or solve a murder?

It is all up to you!!

It can be as short as one paragraph or as long as a
typical guest post, 500- 800 words, or anywhere in between.

Be silly, be crazy, be scary, be adventurous,  just be sure to have fun!!

To keep your stories a surprise – DO NOT POST THEM IN THE COMMENTS!!

Please email them to me at lori (at) escapewithdollycas (dot) com.
by next Thursday at 10 p.m.
Be sure to put the word Storyton Contest in your subject line.

Nest Friday morning I will post my 3 favorites (keeping the writer’s name secret) and
you will be able to vote for the winner!!

I will announce the winner on September 2, as we wrap up Ellery Adams Month!

The Winner will be able to choose 2 Mass Market Paperbacks from Amazon and I will send them to you.
Maybe one of your choices would be Ellery’s new Books by the Bay Mystery coming out in November.

The other two favorites will win an autographed copy of

Now don’t stress out over this. I know you are not authors. This is meant to be fun!! You can write about just one day in Storyton or as many as you want. I wish this was a real place so that we could all visit, without a dead body, of course, unless is was all a bit of acting, put on just for our enjoyment.

Remember send them to the email above.

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent
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Twenty Quick Questions with Ellery Adams

ellery adams monthEllery Adams Month Continues!!

Murder in the Mystery Suite made the NY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!!!! #11

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This is Ellery’s bio from her webpage and book covers: Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs including caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

20 quick questions

But I wanted to know more so I decided to play a little Twenty Quick Questions with her:

1. Favorite Color – Blue
2. Favorite Candy – Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar
3. Favorite Snack – Beanitos (they’re like Doritos, but made from beans)
4. Favorite Soft Drink – Don’t drink sodas anymore, but it used to be Coke Zero.
5. Favorite Hard Drink – Margarita
6. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Pralines and Cream (from BR)
7. Favorite Movie – Star Wars tied with Love, Actually
8. Favorite TV Show – Downton Abbey
9. Favorite Book – I could maybe come up with a top 10, but 1? Can’t do it!
10. Favorite Fictional Character – Gandolf
11. Favorite Super Hero – Aquaman (he can talk to dolphins and sharks!)
12. Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Simon and Garfunkel
13. Favorite Carnival Ride – The swings
14. Favorite Spring Activity – Gardening
15. Favorite Summer Activity – Reading by any body of water
16. Favorite Fall Activity – decorating for Halloween
17. Favorite Winter Activity – all things Christmas and the touch of the first snowfall
18. Favorite Place to Read – sofa with blanket and cat on lap
19. Favorite Place to Write – my office in the front of the house with cat on desk, printer, and often, on lap
20. Dream Vacation Destination – Greek Isles

Want to know more or have a question for Ellery?
Leave it in the comment section below or just leave her a message.
Next Friday I will choose ONE comment at random and that person will win a copy of

Murder in the Mystery Suite (A Book Retreat Mystery)

First in a new series!

WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

 

 

Stay tuned for more fun with Ellery and her books!

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent
Posted in Giveaways

Twitter Frenzy Friday!! – Ellery Adams

ellery adams month
Murder in the Mystery Suite (A Book Retreat Mystery)
was released Tuesday!

First in a new series!

WHO WOULD RESORT TO MURDER?

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

TWITTER FRENZYAre you ready to have some FUN!!

 

Twitter Frenzy Friday Winners!!!!

The winner of the $10 Amazon Gift Card is @KentuckyGal
The winner of the autographed copy of Murder in the Mystery Suite is @MsRubyKat
The winner of the extraordinary charm bracelet is @togetherforlife

The are more chance to win coming up as Ellery Adams Month Continues!!!

To celebrate Ellery Adams Month today
Lori from Lori’s Reading Corner and I
want to start a Twitter Frenzy!!

All you need to do is write a Tweet on Twitter
using the hashtag #murderinthemysterysuite

For Example:
I can wait to read Murder in the Mystery Suite by @ElleryAdams!

You can also retweet a tweet from someone else!

Each Tweet counts as one entry in a Fabulous Giveaway!

There will be 3 winners!!

1 Winner will receive an Extraordinary Prize designed by Ellery herself!

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1 Winner will received an autographed copy of Murder in the Mystery Suite!

1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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If you have already purchased this Awesome book,
you can Tweet to promote it for others to buy!

If you want to win the book Tweet to tell us why!!

You can Tweet and ReTweet to your hearts content!

The idea is to have a
TWITTER FRENZY ALL DAY LONG!

The more you Tweet the better your chances are to win a prize!!

Don’t have a Twitter Account – It is easy to Sign Up!!!
Go to https://twitter.com/
Be sure to follow @dollycas @ElleryAdams and @lorisbookblog

The Twitter Frenzy Winners will be chosen tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CST

Until then GET TWEETING!!!

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent