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Bidding for Revenge (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review


Bidding for Revenge (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Cotswolds, England
Kanga Press (August 12, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 218 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1915413044
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1915413048
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VQWZJGW

Stolen antiques. An unexplained death. Can an amateur sleuth tell a fake from the real deal and solve a curio of a murder?

Trainee antiques expert, Dotty Sayers, is nervous but excited about buying period furniture for a local celebrity. During the quiet summer months, she’s persuaded to join her company’s triathlon team for a charity competition in Britain’s picturesque Cotswolds. But she realises all that glitters is not gold when a fellow competitor collapses and dies.

With only a young sergeant concerned about the athletic woman’s death, Dotty focuses on the sale of counterfeit furniture. She informs the police about a suspicious phone call but is horrified when her information puts an innocent life at risk.

Can Dotty see through the sham and acquire the clues to ensure justice is served?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Dotty Sayers is taking on more responsibilities at Akemans Auction House. She has been tasked with furnishing a massive home for a local celebrity. This means traveling to several auctions to find the perfect period furnishings her new client desires. She gets to know the man quite well especially after he agrees to hold a charity triathlon competition on his property. Dotty has been swimming every morning to prepare for being part of the Akeman’s team.

The big day arrives and everything is in place to have a successful event until one of the competitors collapses and dies at the end of the course.

In addition to the suspicious death, Aunt Beanie is on a case tracking down counterfeit furniture and Dotty is on board to help her especially after she learns she finds out one of her recent purchases was a forgery.

Dotty truly has her hands full as both mysteries play out and collide in dangerous ways.


I have enjoyed every book in this series and I really enjoy the way Dotty has emerged over the course of these books. Going off on her own to auctions was a big step and she handled it so well. Ms. Tait has given her an excellent group of friends and colleagues to support her. Living with Aunt Beanie and Uncle Cliff is beneficial for everyone. Cliff is failing more each day and due to an event in this story, Beanie needs assistance as well. It also gives Dotty a home base she can afford. She is growing closer to her workmates as well, they are quickly becoming friends. She has a great friendship building with Constable Keya Varma too. I love the multigenerational aspect of this series and the way Dotty interacts with everyone. She still has her moments when she reverts back to her quiet self but that makes her growth more real.

The author introduces some very interesting new characters in this story as well. Jay Newton, an aging rock star, who has bought Windrush Hall and Dotty’s new client, his bandmate Tracy, and an auctioneer who is very close to the rocker. These three seem to be hiding something which really piques Dotty’s interest.

Ms. Tait’s descriptive writing style lends itself well to this story. Dotty travels to several places in her quest to find just the right pieces to furnish Windrush Hall in the more historical way it deserves and to do a little sleuthing. Each place she visited was described wonderfully to create vivid pictures in my mind. The character’s dialogues and situations also felt genuine and true to life.

The mystery was very well-plotted, Dotty takes some real risks to find the truth. The cause of death was unique and unexpected. I did figure out part of the mystery before it was revealed but that did not deter my enjoyment of this story at all. I do love the way Victoria Tait tells a story!

Bidding for Revenge is an intriguing and entertaining story and a Perfect Escape. I am excited to see what Dotty and her friends will get into next. Gavels, Tinsel, and Murder will be released on November 4 and I can’t wait to get my copy.

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About Victoria Tait

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world.  But I fell for an Army Officer, and I’ve followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and we are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

I never expected to be an author, but all this moving is not ideal for holding down a job.  Instead, I’ve taken the experiences of the places I’ve lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

I have two fast-growing teenage boys, and together we’ve learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains.  I also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and I’ve started running as a way to improve my physical fitness, mental wellbeing and shed some excess pounds.

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#FlashbackFriday – Death at Holly Lodge (A Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @LouiseRoseInnes

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Death at Holly Lodge (A Daisy Thorne Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Setting – England
Kensington Cozies (September 28, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496729846
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496729842
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08RWDCM15

T’was the weeks before Christmas,
and Daisy nabs a new case,
when a missing man is found
stuffed above a fireplace . . .

Ooh La La hair salon owner Daisy Thorne adores the Christmas cheer in her picturesque hometown of Edgemead, England. Excitement is extra high this year, as international pop star, Mimi Levanté , the village’s newest resident, begins renovating historic Holly Lodge. But the charming country home’s makeover is cut short by a shocking discovery—the body of a man, dressed as Santa Claus, jammed inside the house’s chimney!

The secreted Santa is identified as Thom Pierce, a local father who vanished on Christmas Eve two years ago. As the case moves from missing to murder, Daisy and dashing DCI Paul McGuinness begin combing through the clues of Christmases past. But the killer will go to great lengths to keep old crimes under wraps. Now, DCI McGuinness must protect Daisy as she tries to untangle the mystery before a merry murderer embarks on another slay ride.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Christmas in Edgemead, England so be a merry affair but a dead man found in the chimney of Holly Lodge dressed in a Santa suit gives the holiday a criminal turn.

The village’s newest resident, international pop star, Mimi Levanté has purchased Holly Lodge. The body was found during her renovations and while Ooh La La hair salon owner Daisy Thorne, Mimi, and her sister Floria were at the Lodge. Daisy calls her friend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul McGuinness to report their discovery. Daisy has helped him before and has now completed her profile class so the good Detective Chief Inspector allows her to help him with the case. That is until the killer strikes again and Daisy may be the next person on his Christmas list.


This series has a great cast of characters. What I really loved about this story was how Daisy and Paul’s relationship went to a new level. He hates that she gets involved in his murder cases but has realized she is not going to stop so he may as well embrace her help as long as he can keep her safe. Daisy has learned to tell him what she has done and what she has uncovered and how it moves his case in another direction. They are taking it slow on the romantic part of their relationship but it does look like their holiday will be a merry one.

The mystery was very well-plotted with some nice twists and misdirection. I must have fallen for every one of them because when the guilty party was revealed I was totally surprised. And what a reveal it was. Saved by the skin of her teeth and with me holding my breath.

Sadly, this appears to be the last book in the series. I really wish we would have a chance to visit these characters again.

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Louise R. Innis writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. She lives in leafy Surrey in the United Kingdom with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can be found traipsing through the countryside or kayaking on the River Thames. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Murder Through the English Post (A Beryl and Edwina Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – England
‎Kensington (July 26, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 256 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496724860
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496724861
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09KP35J9S

A rash of poison pen letters has enveloped the sleepy English village of Walmsley Parva in cloud of suspicion and paranoia. But when rampant aspersions culminate in murder, enquiry agents Beryl Helliwell and Edwina Davenport must stamp out the evil-minded epistles . . .

What began for two dear if very different friends—an American adventuress and a prim and proper Brit—as a creative response to the lean times following the Great War has evolved into a respectable private enquiry business. So much so that Constable Gibbs calls upon Beryl and Edwina to solve a curious campaign of character assassination.

A series of anonymous accusations sent via post have set friend against friend and neighbor against neighbor. In her new position as magistrate, Edwina has already had to settle one dispute that led to fisticuffs. Even Beryl has received a poison pen letter, and while she finds its message preposterous and laughable, others are taking the missives to heart. Their headstrong housekeeper Beddoes is ready to resign and one villager has attempted to take her own life.

The disruption of the peace goes far beyond malicious mischief when another villager is murdered. Now it’s up to the intrepid sleuths to read between the lines and narrow down the suspects to identify the lethal letter writer and ensure that justice is delivered . . .

About The Author

Jessica Ellicott is the author of the Beryl & Edwina Mystery series, as well as the Change of Fortune mysteries under the name Jessica Estevao and the bestselling Sugar Grove Mysteries as Daphne du Maurier Award-winning author Jessie Crockett. A member of Wicked Authors, Sisters in Crime, and ITW, she lives in northern New England where she obsessively knits wool socks and enthusiastically speaks Portuguese with a shocking disregard for the rules of grammar. Please visit her online at JessicaEllicott.com.


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A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery) by Dianne Freeman #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder
(A Countess of Harleigh Mystery)

by Dianne Freeman

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A Bride’s Guide to Marriage and Murder (A Countess of Harleigh Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Victorian England
Kensington (June 28, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496731611
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496731616
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09HRC11G9

Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, returns in Dianne Freeman’s charming, lighthearted mystery series set in Victorian England, and finds her wedding day overshadowed by murder . . .

 

On the eve of her marriage to George Hazelton, Frances has a great deal more on her mind than flowers and seating arrangements. The Connors and the Bainbridges, two families of American robber barons, have taken up residence in London, and their bitter rivalry is spilling over into the highest social circles. At the request of her brother, Alonzo, who is quite taken with Miss Madeline Connor, Frances has invited the Connor family to her wedding. Meanwhile, Frances’s mother has invited Mr. Bainbridge, and Frances fears the wedding may end up being newspaper-worthy for all the wrong reasons.

 

On the day itself, Frances is relieved to note that Madeline’s father is not among the guests assembled at the church. The reason for his absence, however, turns out to be most unfortunate: Mr. Connor is found murdered in his home. More shocking still, Alonzo is caught at the scene, holding the murder weapon.

 

Powerful and ruthless, Connor appears to have amassed a wealth of enemies alongside his fortune. Frances and George agree to put their wedding trip on hold to try and clear Alonzo’s name. But there are secrets to sift through, not just in the Bainbridge and Connor families, but also in their own. And with a killer determined to evade discovery at any cost—even if it means taking another life—Frances’s first days as a newlywed will be perilous indeed . . .

 

About Dianne Freeman

Dianne Freeman is the acclaimed author of the Countess of Harleigh Mystery series. She is an Agatha Award and Lefty Award winner, as well as a finalist for the prestigious Mary Higgins Clark Award from Mystery Writers of America. After thirty years of working in corporate accounting and finance, she now writes full-time. Born and raised in Michigan, she and her husband split their time between Michigan and Arizona. Visit her at www.DiFreeman.com.

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Valued for Murder: A British Cozy Murder Mystery (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Valued for Murder: A British Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait

About Valued for Murder

Valued for Murder: A British Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kanga Press (June 10, 2022)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TRXWWNG

An antiques show. A dead diva. For an amateur sleuth, the truth is not always crystal clear.

Dotty Sayers is enjoying her job in a Cotswold auction house. When she’s offered a place on an antiques TV show, she nervously agrees to a makeover and is surprised by the admiring glances she receives. Working on set at a historic country hotel, she realises all that glitters is not gold when at the bottom of the circular staircase, one of the experts is found dead.

Was the death accidental or something shadier? Dotty promises to leave the investigation to the police, but as this amateur sleuth appraises the dead woman’s estate, she can’t help unveiling clues. But when she returns from viewing a priceless sculpture and finds her British blue cat missing, she knows that life does not imitate art.

Can Dotty tell a fake from the real deal and identify the killer?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Dotty Sayers made the big decision to stay near Cotswold and stay at a job she really enjoys at the auction house. Because of that job she is offered a position with a popular antique television show. She just needs to update her wardrobe and have a bit of a makeover. She is excited when she arrives at the historic hotel where she will be staying and the show will take place. She is quickly informed that her job will be taking people the bring their antiques to meet with an expert in the correct field, including a celebrity expert, opera singer, Zenobia Richard who will be evaluating the sculptures.

As the event begins Dotty is amazed by the number of people that show up to show their pieces in hopes of winning a place on the show. Everyone is surprised when Zenobia Richardson declares one object could be worth millions if genuine. When the day wraps up all the items deemed to qualify for a second look are moved to and locked in a large room on the floor where the crew is staying.

But the night must have had some drama. The next morning a woman’s body is found at the bottom of a circular staircase and the crew is sequestered on their floor. They soon realize the celebrity sculpture expert is missing, meaning it must be her body at the bottom of the stairs. Was it an accident? Did she fall or was she pushed? Could someone have murdered opera star Zenobia Richardson? Dotty Sayers finds herself in the perfect position to find out.


Dotty Sayers has grown so much since her husband passed away. She has become more confident and that confidence continues to grow over the course of this story. She does find herself in some perilous positions but she holds her own. Her relationships are growing with all the people in her life too. Some do push her out of her comfort zone but at times that is a good thing.

We are introduced to a variety of new characters. The “Carols” are quite a group who know their jobs and welcomed Dotty right into their fold. Zenobia is a total diva that is pushing her assistant to the end of her rope. Max the show’s producer and Mel his assistant work hard to keep the show on schedule while trying to deal with all the chaos around them. Each character is unique and memorable.

Ms. Tait entangled her protagonist in a complex mystery. Dotty is a curious sleuth, she wants to know the story behind what is happening and if that helps solve a case it’s great. I like that when she overhears or stumbles on a clue she can confide to Constable Keya Varma. Keya is a very interesting character who fits right in with Dotty and her friends unless, of course, she is on duty. So many things are happening that some of the investigation does happen off the page but the author tells the story in a great way to keep her readers fully engaged. She also delivers a very exciting ending.

I really enjoy the way Victoria Tait tells a story. Her descriptive style is fantastic. I was able to envision every scene fully in my mind. From what Dotty was wearing to her hairstyle, the outdoor area with the gazebos for each expert to the objects brought for valuation, the hotel guest rooms, the library where the objects were kept, to the body at the bottom of the staircase. She sets each scene with an expert hand. I have a great time escaping into her stories.

Valued for Murder is a wonderful second installment of this series. I especially enjoy the antique theme with all the behind the scene moments of the auctions and all the work they entail. I am excited about the next book, Bidding for Revenge, set to be released on August 19, 2022.

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About Victoria Tait

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world.  But I fell for an Army Officer, and I’ve followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and we are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

I never expected to be an author, but all this moving is not ideal for holding down a job.  Instead, I’ve taken the experiences of the places I’ve lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

I have two fast-growing teenage boys, and together we’ve learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains.  I also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and I’ve started running as a way to improve my physical fitness, mental wellbeing and shed some excess pounds.

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The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel by Robert Thorogood #Review / #Giveaway @robthor @PPPress

the marlow murder club
The Marlow Murder Club: A Novel
Cozy Mystery/Amateur Sleuth Mysteries
1st in Series
Setting – England
Poisoned Pen Press (May 3, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 172825051X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728250519
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09CLMYJYB

Meet Judith: a seventy-seven-year-old whiskey drinking, crossword puzzle author living her best life in a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of Marlow.

Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don’t believe her story. It’s an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can’t be left for dead like that.

Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar’s wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.

When another body turns up, they realize they have a real-life serial killer on their hands. And the puzzle they set out to solve has become a trap from which they might never escape…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Within these pages, The Marlow Murder Club is born.

Judith Potts, a crossword puzzle creator is now 77 years old and enjoys skinny dipping in the Thames and a good glass of whiskey.

Suzie Harris, a single mother to children who are now adults, a grandmother, a dog walker, and a breath of fresh in Judith’s world,

Rebecca (Becks) Starling, the vicar’s wife, a little OCD, trying to be a good wife and mother to her 2 children, who meets Judith in an unusual way.

Judith hears a gunshot ring out during one of her nightly swims coming from her neighbor’s yard after she heard a shout. She calls the police but they do a cursory search and leave. So she goes to have a look of her own and finds her neighbor shot and dead. When the police return they would not even acknowledge the man had been murdered. Because “nothing ever happens in Marlow” Judith assumes the police are ill-equipped to handle a murder so she starts investigating on her own.

Then another man is killed and she realizes she is looking for a serial killer and with the clues found on the bodies there is going to be another murder soon. While doing her search Judith meets Suzie and Becks and together they set out to do what the police have failed to do – catch a killer before he turns the table on them.


I really enjoyed this group of female amateur sleuths. They are all different as night and day, have their own strengths and weaknesses, and appear to be willing to put their lives on the line to find the truth. They are some truly funny moments and some very scary ones too as these women refuse to give up.

Not all the women are strong in this story though. I was really disappointed in Detective Sergeant Tankia Malik. She was clearly over her head investigating these murders. So much so that she does an unusual thing even in the world of cozy mysteries. She turns all the reports and evidence over to Judith, Becks, and Suzie and basically becomes their lackey.

The mystery Mr. Thorogood put forth draws from a classic theme but was quite a puzzler, perfect for Judith, who has her own unique way of composing and solving clues. All the suspects have firm alibis but all three women felt they were on the right track. There were some nice twists and turns but I started to put things together a bit before they did and couldn’t wait to see how the story would play out. Well, let me tell you the ending was quite exciting. I am sure my blood pressure was on the rise as the story reached its climax. I do wish more of the solution had taken place on the page instead of Judith just telling us how all the clues came together but I am sure the author had a reason for wrapping up the mystery the way he did.

I was captivated by the setting of the story. Especially Judith’s mansion on the banks of the Thames, where she could slip out quietly for a bit of skinny dipping. But truly every scene in the story was described in a way to take readers right there. He made it very easy to escape into the town of Marlow and all it had to offer.

The Marlow Murder Club took me on quite a journey that now has me invested in the members of this unique club. There are some over-the-top sections and a good dose of humor but all in all the book was an entertaining and enjoyable read. Judith, Suzie, and Becks all evolved nicely. They became friends, overcame some personal obstacles, and became better people than we met at the start. That being said I think we have much more to learn about them. I am so happy to see there is another book featuring them in the works. Death Comes to Marlow is set to be released in November.

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Robert Thorogood is an English screenwriter. He is best known as the creator of the BBC 1 Murder Mystery Series, Death in Paradise.

Robert was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland and read History at Downing College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he toured with the university’s student comedy troupe Footlights in 1993 and was elected President in 1994. Soon after leaving Cambridge, Robert set up a theatre company that toured small theatres and schools, the highlight of which was a production of Molière’s The Miser that he directed and acted in alongside Robert Webb, David Mitchell, and Olivia Colman.

Robert wrote for many years – selling scripts to the BBC, ITV, and independent film companies – but before 2011 the only script of his that was actually broadcast was a Radio 4 afternoon play called From Abstraction about the life of Paul Wolfskehl.

In 2008, Robert entered the inaugural Red Planet Prize and was a chosen finalist, where he was able to pitch his ‘Copper in the Caribbean’ idea to Tony Jordan. By 2011, when the show was finally broadcast – making it Robert’s first TV broadcast credit at the age of 39 – Robert had become something of a poster boy for ‘never giving up on the dream’.

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Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jesse Q. Sutanto #Review

Four Aunties and a Wedding
Humorous American Literature
Asian American Literature & Fiction
2nd in Series
Setting – Oxford, England
Berkley (March 29, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593440765
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593440766
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0989C66SZ

Meddy Chan has been to countless weddings, but she never imagined how her own would turn out. Now the day has arrived, and she can’t wait to marry her college sweetheart, Nathan. Instead of having Ma and the aunts cater to her wedding, Meddy wants them to enjoy the day as guests. As a compromise, they find the perfect wedding vendors: a Chinese-Indonesian family-run company just like theirs. Meddy is hesitant at first, but she hits it off right away with the wedding photographer, Staphanie, who reminds Meddy of herself, down to the unfortunately misspelled name.

Meddy realizes that is where their similarities end, however, when she overhears Staphanie talking about taking out a target. Horrified, Meddy can’t believe Staphanie and her family aren’t just like her own, they are The Family—actual mafia, and they’re using Meddy’s wedding as a chance to conduct shady business. Her aunties and mother won’t let Meddy’s wedding ceremony become a murder scene—over their dead bodies—and will do whatever it takes to save her special day, even if it means taking on the mafia.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Oh, my stars! The Aunties are back and have been let loose in England. Meddy and Nathan are getting married and to be sure they all can enjoy the wedding to the fullest they are hiring another family of wedding vendors. Except that other family is really connected if you get my drift . . . The Family . . . as in MAFIA!! And they are using Meddy’s wedding to pull off a hit! Meddy doesn’t find out that bit of information though until they have arrived in Oxford and she overhears her new friend, Staphanie on the phone planning the hit. As soon as the Aunties find out they are on high alert and ready to do anything to stop the dreaded plan and I mean anything.


Again, you need to suspend reality and escape totally into this book. It is so worth it. I laughed so hard in places I had tears rolling down my face.

Meddy is the perfect daughter. Brought up to respect her elders above all else even if her elders are certifiably crazy. The Aunties antics are above and beyond and positively delightful. They all mean well but between using British idioms and accents to their outlandish wedding attire that includes komodo dragons to contemplating bodily harm and murder to cover their tracks Meddy gets pushed to the edge and those are just my top three memories of craziness and there are so many more.

Ms. Sutanto has created such fantastic characters and not just Meddy and the Aunties. The supporting cast of Nathan and his family and Staphanie and her “mafia” family including three Uncles are superb as well. Nathan and his family are more toned down and buttoned up but Staphanie’s family is almost as nuts as Meddy’s.

The setting for the wedding sounds like such a beautiful place but also the perfect place for all the hi-jinks that occur, including another Weekend At Bernie’s scenario. I did enjoy the author’s descriptions as the characters traveled around the church grounds and back and forth to their hotel. I had no problem at all envisioning every place including the rooms where some really wacky things played out.

I did feel bad for Meddy and Nathan. Nathan was completely out of the loop but knew there was something going on. Meddy only got to enjoy a few minutes of her big day because she was rushing around trying to save someone’s life and trying to control uncontrollable situations set up by the Aunties. It was nice that the author did bring in some family cultural traditions even if they didn’t go as planned.

Wow, this was such a marvelous read! I have been talking about it for days to anyone who would listen. Funny, entertaining, mayhem times 10. I loved it!! Think My Big Fat Greek Wedding crossed with Crazy Rich Asians! And I want more. I hope there is a book three. Like Dial A For Aunties, this is a Must Read! You should read both in order for double the fun. I am giving this book my Paradise Rating. It will be on my Best Reads List for 2022. Run don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and get a copy today.

*Note: The book does include explicit language.

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About the Author

Jesse Q. Sutanto is the author of adult, YA, and children’s middle-grade books. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Oxford University, though she hasn’t found a way of saying that without sounding obnoxious. The film rights to her women’s fiction, Dial A for Aunties, was bought by Netflix in a competitive bidding war. Her adult books include Dial A for Aunties and its sequel, Four Aunties and a Wedding. Her YA books include The Obsession, The New Girl, and her upcoming rom-com, Well, That Was Unexpected. Her MG books include Theo Tan and the Fox Spirit and an untitled sequel.

Jesse has forty-two first cousins and thirty aunties and uncles, many of whom live just down the road. When she’s not writing, she’s gaming with her husband (mostly FPS), or making a mess in the kitchen with her two daughters.

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Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Fake Death


Fake Death (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Cotswold, England
Kanga Press (April 8, 2022)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TLDS3G1

A dead body. Multiple disguises. Can an amateur sleuth see through the charade – or become a tragic victim?

Young military widow, Dotty Sayers, is delighted with her new job at an auction house in Britain’s picturesque Cotswolds. She agrees to take part in a Remembrance parade to commemorate her husband and his fallen comrades. But drama ensues when an unknown soldier is found dead.

Dotty assists the police and appraises objects found at the victim’s house, but rather than identifying the deceased, she discovers numerous personas. When a suspect is arrested, and Dotty is asked to look after Earl Grey, a British Blue cat, she realizes appearances can be deceiving. Can she track down the real culprit and prevent an innocent man from being imprisoned?

Can Dotty unmask the killer without putting her own life at risk?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this new series from Victoria Tait, we meet Dotty Sayers. A young military widow now under the care of her husband’s regiment she is excited about her new job at Akemans Auction House. She still has duties to honor her husband like the Remembrance parade for him and his fallen comrades. She is nervous about being on public display and happy when her duty is complete. Then she learns a soldier was found dead after the event. The man has no identification on his person and Dotty agrees to help the police by checking out his home. She finds some very surprising things. She soon starts to put the clues together but can she reveal the killer before she becomes their next victim?


Dotty Sayers is a very interesting protagonist. Her life has changed since the death of her husband and she is just finding her way and handling her independence. In addition to starting a new job and helping to solve a murder, she has a very big decision to make. This character grew a lot over the course of this story and it will be fun to see her continue to evolve as the series continues.

Ms. Tait has surrounded Dotty with a strong cast of supporting characters Including the very entertaining Aunt Beanie and her niece, Gilly, as well as her other workmates, Marion, George, and David. She also has to deal with men from her husband’s regiment and the authorities. Constable Varma is quite a character. A bit of a clutz but she and Dotty form a quick friendship. All these characters are cleverly crafted.

The mystery was complicated and very well-plotted. I really enjoyed the antique theme and all the background provided about the work entailed to pull off a successful auction. David and Dotty’s travels to view and photograph items were very interesting and set up the mystery part of the story so well. It puts Dotty in fantastic places to find clues and follow where they led. The author provided wonderful detail to easily see everything clearly in my mind. From Dotty’s little cottage to the many rooms at the auction house to her trips to the Colonel’s office and more, she puts us right there on the scene. A second murder late in the book was surprising and emotional for all involved. I was definitely sad to see the character removed from the story but it was key to moving the story in the right direction.

I really enjoyed Ms. Tait’s Kenya Kanga Mystery Series so I knew I would enjoy this series as well. There couldn’t be two more different leading characters than Mama Rose and Dotty and they both have found a place in my heart. I am very excited to see what mystery Dotty gets caught up in next.

An excellent mystery with engaging characters in a wonderful setting. Fake Death has set this series off to a wonderful start. The second book in the series, Valued for Murder, is set to be released on June 10. My bags are already packed for my next virtual return trip to the Cotswolds.

*There is a prequel to Fake Death available on the author’s website. 

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About Victoria Tait

I was born and raised in Yorkshire, UK, and never expected to travel the world.  But I fell for an Army Officer, and I’ve followed him from Northern Ireland, up to the Scottish Highlands, across to Africa and the Kenyan Savannah, back to the British Cotswolds, and we are now living in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in Southern Europe.

I never expected to be an author, but all this moving is not ideal for holding down a job.  Instead, I’ve taken the experiences of the places I’ve lived to write vivid and evocative cozy mystery books with determined female sleuths.

I have two fast-growing teenage boys, and together we’ve learnt to ski on the Bosnian mountains.  I also enjoy horse riding, mountain biking and I’ve started running as a way to improve my physical fitness, mental well-being and shed some excess pounds.

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Special Guest – Kate Parker – Author of Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series) #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway @Author.Kate.Parker


Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery
(Deadly Series)
by Kate Parker

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate Parker to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Kate, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m Kate Parker and I have the best job in the world. I love writing mysteries and entertaining readers. I’m a mother, a grandmother, and a dog owner (although I think the dog owns me). I’ve lived most of my life in Virginia and the Carolinas, and while it’s lovely here, I love to travel. I get the best story ideas when I travel.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

To research, I like to go to the “scene” to visit museums and city streets. I like to read books written in and about that time period, and I have a subscription to the British Newspaper Archives which is great source material. I do more research while I’m writing than before I start a book, because I never know what I’ll need to know when I start writing.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

No Writer’s Block, but I do have to stop and rethink when I realize I’ve put things in the wrong order in a story.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

If you want to become a published writer, you need to love to read in your chosen genre and you have to love the solitude of actually writing the story.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

When I’m not writing, I like to read, eat (someone else’s cooking. Trust me, never eat my cooking), and travel.

How has the COVID pandemic affected you and you’re writing.

Covid has affected my travel, but it hasn’t affected my writing. I’m naturally solitary when I write, so a lockdown is the perfect condition for my writing.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

It’s more a question of where do I want to travel next. I have two trips planned, one to the Netherlands and Belgium, and the other across the route of the Shetland Bus from WWII and then around the British Isles. I plan to get good research from both of these trips. I’d like to go to Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, Turkey…the list goes on and on. I’m naturally curious.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Next is the ninth book in the Deadly Series, Deadly Rescue. I have a Regency mystery in a magical realism village for an anthology that should come out soon. I hope to write some stories for my Victorian/Edwardian mystery series. I hope to get a lot done between here and the horizon.

Deadly Broadcast is the eighth book in The Deadly Series of World War II mysteries by Kate Parker.

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Now, keep reading to learn about Kate’s latest, Deadly Broadcast!

About Deadly Broadcast

Deadly Broadcast: A World War II Mystery (Deadly Series)
Historical Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – London, from just after Christmas, 1939 until mid-January, 1940
JDP Press (March 8, 2022)
Number of Pages ~320
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PWNXQW7

The phony war has dragged out past Christmas into a dark and dreary New Year, 1940.

In the blackout, someone murdered BBC engineer Frank Kennedy, making him more popular dead than alive. A blackmailer and bully, he sold out his friends, assaulted his Broadcasting House colleagues, and sabotaged his employer.

Kennedy was also a government informant against the IRA. Despite arrests of members, the IRA is still planning more attacks against British civilians. Attacks Frank Kennedy might have been involved in.

Britain’s counterintelligence spymaster orders newspaper reporter Olivia Redmond to find Kennedy’s killer and learn which of the many motives led to his murder. Olivia quickly learns how vicious Frank Kennedy was and halfway hopes his killer escapes hanging.

Until his killer strikes again…

A clean read. No blatant sex, violence, or bad language.

More About Kate Parker

 

Since she was unable to build a time machine in her backyard, Kate Parker immerses herself in research and then creates the world that lives inside each book that she writes. Her favorite place is London and her time travel destination is anywhere from the late Victorian era through World War II. Since she lives in the Carolinas with her daughter and a 95-pound puppy, the practical side of her is thankful for air conditioning and all the modern comforts of life. Comforts she will take with her if she ever figures out how to build her time machine.

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Lady Takes the Case (Manor Cat Mystery) by Eliza Casey #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery


Lady Takes the Case (Manor Cat Mystery)
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – England
Berkley (November 26, 2019)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1984803883
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1984803887
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07L7SYDZH

When a dinner party turns deadly, the feisty Lady Cecilia Bates and intuitive cat Jack are on the case, in this first entry to an exciting new historical mystery series.

England 1912. Danby Hall is the only home Lady Cecilia Bates has ever known. Despite the rigid rules of etiquette and her mother the Countess of Avebury’s fervent desire to see her married off, Lady Cecilia can’t imagine life anywhere else. But now, with an agricultural depression sweeping the countryside, the Bates family’s possession of the hall is suddenly in peril.

A possible solution arrives in the form of the imperious American heiress Annabel Clarke. The Earl and Countess of Avebury are determined that Cecilia’s brother, Patrick, will win Annabel’s hand in marriage—and her fortune along with it. To help the lackluster Patrick in this pursuit, the Bates and their staff arrange a grand house party upon the heiress’s arrival.

When a guest dies after sipping from a glass meant for Annabel, it’s clear the Bates have a more poisonous problem on their hands than a lack of chemistry. As the scandal seizes Danby, Cecilia sets out to find the culprit, with help from Annabel’s maid, Jane, and Jane’s curiously intelligent cat, Jack.

After the poison that someone had stashed away inside the manor is discovered, Cecilia is left with two possibilities: Either a resident of Danby snapped and tried to kill the arrogant heiress, or the threat is coming from one of their guests, who would love to see the Bates family’s decline become permanent.

About Eliza Casey

Eliza Casey is a pseudonym for a multi-published author. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the RITA Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Holt Medallion.

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