Nov 272018
 

Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
by Shelley Noble

 

About the Book

Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – New York
Forge Books (October 16, 2018)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 0765398710
ISBN-13: 978-0765398710
Digital ASIN: B078X2BSDR

From New York Times bestselling author Shelley Noble, Ask Me No Questions is the first in the Lady Dunbridge Mystery series featuring a widow turned sleuth in turn-of-the-twentieth century New York City.

A modern woman in 1907, Lady Dunbridge is not about to let a little thing like the death of her husband ruin her social life. She’s ready to take the dazzling world of Gilded Age Manhattan by storm.

From the decadence of high society balls to the underbelly of Belmont horse racing, romance, murder, and scandals abound. Someone simply must do something. And Lady Dunbridge is happy to oblige.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We meet Lady Dunbridge after mourning her husband’s death for two years. She and her “maid” and butler journey to Manhattan in 1907 where her friend Bev Reynolds will introduce her to all her high society friends. Right after they get off the ship gunshots ring out, she hears Bev scream, and chaos ensues. Getting through the crowd they find Bev’s husband dead in the arms of a floradora girl crying that he killed himself. The evidence doesn’t support that claim and the police set their sights on Bev as their main suspect. Lady Dunbridge may have just arrived but she knows her friend is not a killer. While making her introduction at all the dinners and balls she vows to keep her eyes and ears open to prove her friend’s innocence. Of course, she will do a bit of snooping too.

Ms. Noble has created an impressive amateur sleuth in Lady Dunbridge and teamed her up with excellent assistants in her “maid” Lily, and butler Preswick. Lily has many talents and Preswick does all he can to keep the both of them safe. All three are strong characters. The supporting cast includes Bev Reynolds, her staff, her husband’s staff, and their friends. They are a very eclectic group. Bev’s husband Reggie ran with a horse racing set and he seems to have owed everyone money. Bev friends are the elite set and the spouses of the men her husband seems indebted too. The author has really fleshed out these characters by the end of the story.

Solving the mystery takes us all around New York to the dinners and parties and out to the Reynold’s stable at Holly Farm where their horses are kept and trained.  There is twist after twist after twist. I had my focus drawn to one character and then away and back again, yet the climax was surprising and exciting.

The author gives us so much detail throughout the whole story that every place came alive in my mind, The same with the people. Her words generated some wonderful imagery. She also kept true to the language of the time which I liked.

This series is off to an excellent start. The author has left doors open for future installments. I am excited to learn more about Lily and Lady Dunbridge and her life as she continues to live in New York.

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About the Author

SHELLEY NOBLE is the NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of women’s fiction. )BEACH COLORS, WHISPER BEACH, LIGHTHOUSE BEACH,)

As SHELLEY FREYDONT she writes cozy mysteries.(CELEBRATION BAY FESTIVAL MYSTERIES, THE SUDOKU MYSTERIES) and the Newport Gilded Age Mysteries beginning with A GILDED GRAVE an RT Reviewer’s Choice nominee for Best Historical Mystery of 2015 and Macavity Finalist.

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS is the first of a Manhattan Gilded Age series and written as Shelley Noble.

A former professional dancer and choreographer, Shelley lives at the Jersey shore and loves to discover new lighthouses and vintage carousels.

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

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Nov 262018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Minnesota, Oregon, and Massachusetts this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
by Shelley Noble
Release Date – October 16, 2018
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Slay in Character (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – Colorado
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Secret Poison Garden (Rita Calabrese)
by Maureen Klovers
Release Date – June 14, 2018
My Review will post on Thursday! 


Mischief in Moonstone (Misbehavin’ in Moonstone)
by Christine DeSmet
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Eggs on Ice (A Cackleberry Club Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – December 4, 2018
Setting – Midwest (Minnesota)
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here December 4, 2018


Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – Oregon
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday next week!


How to Knit a Murder (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – Massachusetts

Future Escapes

In addition to the books above, these books will be released tomorrow!


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Nov 192018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New York and California this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Fatality by Firelight (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – Colorado
My Review


Wreath Between the Lines (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – November 8, 2018
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Killer Christmas Sweater Club (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
Release Date – November 8, 2018
Setting – California
Terry Ambrose will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Too Good a Girl: Remembering Olene Emberton and the Mystery of Her Death
Release Date – July 3, 2018
Setting – Indiana
Review will be up on Friday! 


Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – November 28, 2017
Setting – Colorado
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Ask Me No Questions: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
by Shelley Noble
Release Date – October 16, 2018
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Slay in Character (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – Colorado
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Secret Poison Garden (Rita Calabrese)
by Maureen Klovers
Release Date – June 14, 2018
For Review

Future Escapes

These books are being released this week.


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Aug 232018
 

Trust Me
Suspense/Mystery
Forge Books (August 28, 2018)
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0765393077
ISBN-13: 978-0765393074
Kindle ASIN: B078X31CP2

Trust Me!

An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.

A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.

Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Former journalist Mercer Hennessey is still trying to deal with the car accident that took her husband and 3-year-old daughter when her former editor, Katherine pitches her a true-crime book idea. Ashlyn Bryant is on trial for murdering her 2-year-old daughter. Bryant has proclaimed her innocence since she was arrested. Katherine wants Mercer to watch the trial and write about having the book ready shortly after the trial ends. Mercer agrees hoping it will help her start to move on from her grief but the trial and aftermath effect her in ways she never imagined.

As a mom who has lost a child, an adult child, not a toddler, I felt Mercer’s grief really resonated with me and as the story continued by heart just broke for this character. I know that pain and the author brought it out in her words with an expert hand. Mercer has a little ritual that was very similar to one I have which gave me a link into her “new” normal.

The author also created a very unlikable character in Ashlyn Bryant. Totally shady and more twisted as the story continues. While she has a problem telling the truth she came across as very real.

The book is broken into 3 parts and Ms. Ryan takes us on quite a journey as we work our way through a complicated story. I liked the step by step process of part 1 very much and seeing Mercer’s start on the book. I am a big fan of courtroom drama. The story takes a huge turn at the start of Part 2. I admire Mercer for her strength to take on a true crime novel and stick with it until the end and all she has to endure. I would not have been able to deal with half of what Mercer did. The characters in this story are full of depth.

In the midst of what really is a dark story, there is just a little thing that does cut through. On the feeds that Mercer is watching there is a man, a “voice” that announces what will be happening at the trial at the beginning of the day, breaks in if need be with announcements, and signs off at the end of the day. It is just his voice, he is never seen on camera, but he does his best to put a smile on people who are watching the feed.

I hesitate to give too many details because to get the full impact of this story you must read it fresh for yourself. The author not only manipulates the characters she manipulated my thinking too. The story is a true psychological mystery that is so twisted you don’t know who to trust. But TRUST ME, this is a book you will want to read, preorder so you have it immediately when it is released next Tuesday!

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

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Aug 132018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

From Wisconsin to Mexico then off to New Jersey!

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

Escapes Completed


The Murderer’s Wife
Release Date – March 8, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
My Review will post tomorrow. 


Purrder She Wrote: A Cat Cafe Mystery
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Massachusetts
Cate will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Murder at Ochre Court (A Gilded Newport Mystery)
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Rhode Island
My Review will be up on Thursday. 


To Bead or Not to Bead (Glass Bead Mystery Series)
Release Date – June 29, 2018
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Dead Spider (A Loon Lake Mystery)
Release Date – May 23, 2017
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read


Fields’ Guide to Abduction: (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
Release Date – May 28, 2018
Setting – Mexico
Amazon Purchase


Murder on Memory Lake (A Ferrara Family Mystery)
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
For Review


Trust Me
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – ???


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New Release Tuesday – March 2017 – Week #2

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Mar 142017
 

Welcome to New Release Tuesday – March 14 – 19, 2017

These books are available this week!

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery

Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery

No Way Home (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)

Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)


Guru Bones (A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery)

For Whom the Bread Rolls: A Pancake House Mystery

Old Bones Never Die (An Eve Appel Mystery)

Brewing Trouble: A Witchy Mystery

Mystery at Maplemead Castle: (The Chapelwick Mysteries)

Design for Dying: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel

Want to see all the mysteries – cozy to thriller
released in March.
Just click here.

Can’t afford to buy or pre-order all the books you want to at this time.
Bookmark this page in your browser so you can reference it at any time!

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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