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Cozy Wednesday with Annette Dashofy – Author of Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery) – #AuthorInterview – #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress – Great Escapes Book Tour


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy to welcome Annette Dashofy to Escape With Dollycas today!

 


Hi Annette,

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I write the Zoe Chambers Mystery Series about a paramedic/deputy coroner in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, where I’ve lived all my life. Cry Wolf, the seventh in the series, is an Agatha Award nominee for Best Contemporary Novel of 2018 (my fourth nomination). My newest release is Fair Game, the eighth in the series.

What are three things most people don’t know about you? That’s a hard question. I’m largely an open book, which drives my husband crazy because he’s ultra-private. Does that count as one? Okay, two more. I once owned and operated a photo studio, Dashofy Photography, with my husband. And I once shook hands with our local SWAT team’s bomb robot. That’s three.

What is the first book you remember reading? Oh, my. Cat in the Hat, perhaps. Or Green Eggs and Ham. I started young!

What are you reading now? Hank Phillippi Ryan’s Trust Me.

What books have most inspired you? In addition to those by Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Christie, which I mention below, I deeply admire those by Julia Spencer-Fleming (the Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series) and Craig Johnson (the Walt Longmire series). I love their use of language and emotion.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries? As a kid, I was writing all genres until I read Where Are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark. From that point on, I was hooked on crime fiction. And I fell in love with Agatha Christie’s mysteries. After a failed attempt at writing romantic suspense, I discovered a passion for creating puzzles for my readers to solve.

Do you have a special place you like to write? I do the bulk of my writing in my home office on my desktop computer, surrounded by forensics books and sticky notes.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? Everywhere! News stories. Overheard conversations. Random thoughts that pop into my head. For instance, the first chapter of Fair Game grew out of a frustrating and sleepless night in a mystery conference hotel room. The walls were paper thin, and our next-door neighbors were having a party. I could quite literally hear every word they said, and some of it was stuff I didn’t think they’d want repeated! I wanted to yell through the wall, “I can hear you!” Instead, I started thinking, what if they were talking about murdering someone? (They weren’t, FYI.) And that’s what inspired the opening to this book!

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? The beginning. And then the middle. And then the end. It’s all challenging, but that’s what makes it so much fun.

What do you think makes a good story? As a reader, I want interesting, complex characters. They should have flaws, but I want to like them enough to spend time with them. I also want a thought-provoking plot that raises questions and makes me want to turn the page to find the answers. As a writer, I try to create the same things I like as a reader.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? Zoe, of course. She’s a paramedic. I used to be an EMT. She has a horse. I used to have horses. We’re both farmgirls. However, she’s had a much rougher life than I have. She comes from a troubled family, while my family is quite boring! Oddly enough, although Zoe may be most like me, Pete is the easier character to write.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? I believe it’s the paramedic aspect. I don’t know of any other paramedic mysteries out there. If there are, please tell me! I’d love to read them!

What’s next on the horizon for you? I’m finishing up writing the ninth Zoe Chambers Mystery, tentatively titled Under the Radar. It should come out early next year, but I don’t have a release date yet. And I’m noodling with murder possibilities for the tenth in the series.

Thank you, Annette, for taking the time to visit today!

Keep reading for my thoughts on Annette’s new book.

About the Book 


Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Henery Press (May 14, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635115027
ISBN-13: 978-1635115024
Paperback: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114993
ISBN-13: 978-1635114997
Digital ASIN: B07NSBHMRR

Paramedic Zoe Chambers hoped a week at the Monongahela County Fair, showing her horse and manning the ambulance, would provide a much-needed diversion from recent events that continue to haunt her.

An old friend, a bossy nemesis, and a teenage crush from her 4-H days fail to offer the distraction she had in mind. But ever the caregiver, she soon bonds with a troubled teen and a grieving father.

Back in Vance Township, a missing woman turns up dead, leading Police Chief Pete Adams into a journey through her mysterious final hours. With each new clue, the tragic circumstances of her death grow increasingly muddied.

A cryptic phone call leads Pete to join Zoe for an evening at the fairgrounds where the annual school bus demolition derby concludes with a gruesome discovery and a new case that may or may not be connected to the first.

Pete’s quest for the motive behind two homicides—and Zoe’s stubborn determination to reunite a family—thrust them both onto a collision course with a violent and desperate felon.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

County fairs are so much fun. Zoe Chambers is not only at the Monongahela County Fair as a paramedic, she is also there as a participant, showing her horse, Windstar. She is surprised that someone from her own 4H days is there in the capacity of judge. She also meets the son of another old 4H member. She learns his mother is not the best parent and she tries to take the young man under her wing. Meeting a grieving father also brings out her compassion.

While Zoe is at the fair Police Chief Pete Adams has a case that turns from a missing person to murder after her body is found. The investigation brings Pete to the fair. A fair where a second body is found right after the school bus demolition derby ends. Unsure if the deaths are connected to each other and to other events Zoe and Pete find themselves on a quest to find out and solve all the mysteries.

Annette Dashofy again takes us on a wild ride as she crams all 286 pages full of a mystery the latches on and won’t let go.

Paramedic/Deputy Coroner and Police Chief Pete Adams barely get a moment to breathe. Zoe has her fair activities, an autopsy to view along with all the followup, has been recruited to keep her eyes on a troubled teen, her cousin Patsy Greene, who is also showing her horse, is having man trouble, the farm she inherited still needs a lot of work, and an old crush makes her an offer she may not be able to refuse. Pete is working his case and then another when the second body is found. He is also getting pressure to take a step that could change his life and Zoe’s. He also tries to find time to spend with Zoe at the fair. Oh! and there is an election coming up that could change both their jobs.

Ms. Dashofy has written a complex mystery with many moving parts and many suspects. I always love following these characters on each and every journey. The excitement of the fair was a great setting. Getting to see Zoe in her horsey element was fun along with meeting the people from her past. The people are strong characters but very flawed and some are dealing with heavy issues that affect not only themselves but other people in their lives. While some heavy topics are addressed the author knows just when to add a little bit of necessary humor.

I also enjoyed learning about showing horses and learning about youngsters joining 4H today. I belonged many years ago, but I was a city kid so my fair entries were more of them craft variety instead of the animals. We have enjoyed many fairs with our family over the years. Mostly the music stars for the adults but we always take a trip through the animal barns with the kids and the food and rides are always a hit.

Well-written and well-plotted. The core characters continue to grow and star in this top-notch mystery. I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

These books are best read in order but the author provides enough background to start with any book in the series.

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About The Author

Annette Dashofy is the USA Today best-selling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series about a paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township. CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE was a finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel of 2014 and BRIDGES BURNED was nominated for the 2015 Agatha for Best Contemporary Novel.

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Praise for Fair Game
(A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
by Annette Dashofy

This is a wonderful series with great, realistic characters. I love Zoe and Pete. They are both intelligent, caring, loyal and somewhat emotional.
~Carla Loves To Read

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Arizona!

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

Escapes Completed


Died in the Wool (A Knit & Nibble Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
My Flashback Friday Review!


A Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette
Release Date – May 7, 2019
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
by Annette Dashofy
Release Date – May 14, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Good Detective
by John McMahon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Georgia
Review will be up Thursday


Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery)
by Jodi Rath
Release Date – November 23, 2018
Setting – Ohio
My Flashback Friday Read

I also read an early copy of the first book in a new cozy series.
I will share my review when the author sets it up for release.

Scheduled Escapes


Staging is Murder (A Laura Bishop Mystery)
by Grace Topping
Release Date – April 30, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Knit One, Die Two (A Knit & Nibble Mystery)
by Peggy Ehrhart
Release Date – April 30, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Dying for Devil’s Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay
Release Date – May 7, 2019
Setting – Arizona
For Review

Future Escapes

May 6 – 12, 2019


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I am traveling to New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Georgia!

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

Escapes Completed


Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – April 30, 2019
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – March 30, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
My review will be up tomorrow! 


The Scent of Murder: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery)
by Kylie Logan
Release Date – May 7, 2019
Setting – Ohio
My review will be up on Thursday! 

Scheduled Escapes


Died in the Wool (A Knit & Nibble Mystery)
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
My Flashback Friday Read!


A Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery
by Lucy Burdette
Release Date – May 7, 2019
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery)
by Annette Dashofy
Release Date – May 14, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Good Detective
by John McMahon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Georgia
For Review

Future Escapes

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#Review / #Giveaway – As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery) by Kathleen Valenti – Great Escapes Book Tour – @HeneryPress

As Directed
(A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
by Kathleen Valenti

About the Book


As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Midwest, United States
Henery Press (March 12, 2019)
Hardcover: 286 pages
ISBN-10: 1635114705
ISBN-13: 978-1635114706
Digital ASIN: B07LB6N22B

In the shadow of a past fraught with danger and tainted by loss, former pharmaceutical researcher Maggie O’Malley is rebuilding her life, trading test tubes for pill bottles as she embarks on a new career at the corner drugstore.

But as she spreads her wings, things begin to go terribly wrong. A customer falls ill in the store. Followed by another. And then more.

The specter of poisoning arises, conjuring old grudges, past sins, buried secrets and new suspicions from which no one is immune.

As Maggie and her best friend Constantine begin to investigate, they discover that some of the deadliest doses come from the most unexpected places.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Customers are dropping like flies and Maggie O’Malley is always the one to find them. She thought things would be calm and routine at the local drug store where she is working as a pharmacy technician, but instead, murder victims are falling at her feet. They have been poisoned and both Mallory and her boss have been questioned. Her boss has closed down his store until the answers are found and the person responsible is in custody. Without having to work every day, Mallory and Constantine (Gus) have plenty of time to investigate but the path is twisted and secrets are uncovered.

Maggie is still recovering from an injury that occurred in an earlier book, but she doesn’t let the headaches and memory lapses keep her down. Also on her plate in her wedding to Constantine. No date yet but his aunt and hers are bulldozing as many plans forward as they can, even inviting themselves to a cake tasting Mallory hoped she and Gus could handle on their own. An old foe is stalking her and she has acquired a new one. A “TWO-FER” as Gus calls it. She also brings home a four-legged furry friend who worms his way into her heart. She drives a 1962 Studebaker Lark too. I like everything about Miss Maggie O’Malley.

As with the previous stories in this series, the author has put forth a very complex mystery with tangents going in several directions. The deaths are scary, was there tampering? Did Maggie or her boss make a mistake? When another customer is found dead at home, the local news guy is pointing fingers, trying to get the scoop, and being a real pain. That presses Maggie to work harder and faster to get answers. Nothing is really clear and the case has a lot of moving parts. At times it feels like she is going in circles but I was captivated every step of the way.

The story has a real ripped from the headlines feel (remember the Tylenol murders) and the ending packs a real punch. Action, danger, drama, are tempered with just a little bit of humor in the proper places. The book is balanced with Mallory’s real-life experiences. I really love the way Ms. Valenti tells a story. It’s not straight forward in your face. There are layers that need to be peeled and each little reveal moves the story along at just the right pace until everything tragically falls into place.

For me, this story was just what the doctor ordered, a Perfect Escape!

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About the Author

Kathleen Valenti is the author of the Maggie O’Malley Mystery Series, which includes her Agatha- and Lefty-nominated debut novel, Protocol. When Kathleen isn’t writing page-turning mysteries that combine humor and suspense, she works as a nationally award-winning advertising copywriter. She lives in Oregon with her family where she pretends to enjoy running. Learn more at www.kathleenvalenti.com.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

This week I am traveling to New York, North Carolina, and Louisiana! 

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

Escapes Completed


Chardonnayed to Rest (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton

Release Date – September 25, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Pie Hard (A Pie Town Mystery)
by Kirsten Weiss
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday this week!


As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
by Kathleen Valenti
Release Date – March 12, 2019
Setting – U.S. Midwest
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Run Away
by Harlan Coben
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – New York
For Review


Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery
by Eva Gates
Release Date – March 13, 2019
Setting – North Carolina


Cat Got Your Crown: A Kitty Couture Mystery
by Julie Chase
Release Date – March 13, 2019
Setting – Louisiana

Future Escapes

March 4 – 10, 2019


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

Piling on the literary travel miles this week
East Coast – West Coast – Midwest! 

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

Escapes Completed


A Riesling to Die (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – March 27, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!
My Review


Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – November 25, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery)
by Libby Klein
Release Date – February 26, 2018
Setting – New Jersey
I will be featuring this book as part of its
Great Escapes Book Tour on Cozy Wednesday this week!


Fields’ Guide to Voodoo (The Poppy Fields Adventures)
by Julie Mulhern
Release Date – February 28, 2019
Setting – Louisiana
My review will be up on Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Chardonnayed to Rest (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J.C. Eaton

Release Date – September 25, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!


One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery)
by Tina Kashian
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – New Jersey
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Pie Hard (A Pie Town Mystery)
by Kirsten Weiss
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday next week!


As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery)
by Kathleen Valenti
Release Date – March 12, 2019
Setting – U.S. Midwest
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

In addition to the new books above these books will be released this week!
February 25 – March 3, 2019


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#Review / #Giveaway – Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery) by Christina Freeburn – Great Escapes Book Tour @ChristinaFreeb1 @HeneryPress

Not a Creature Was Stirring
(Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

About the Book

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – West Virginia
Henery Press (January 22, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1635114373
ISBN-13: 978-1635114379
Digital ASIN: B07K1MFQ7T

Empty nester Merry Winters loves three things: Christmas, crafting and her family. To regain purpose and joy, Merry hits the road to a Christmas vendor event with her furry sidekick Ebenezer in her new mobile crafting sleigh, aka an RV.

But it soon turns into the nightmare before Christmas when Merry unwraps her Scrooge of an ex-husband’s body in one of the RV’s compartments. Add to that his missing winning lottery ticket believed to be stashed somewhere in the RV, leading the homicide detective and Merry’s stepdaughter to believe Merry is the one whodunit.

With visions of prison dancing in her head, will Merry be able to solve this Christmas calamity before she’s locked away?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

With a name like Merry Winters, you just know she is going to love Christmas. She also loves crafting and her family. Merry is going through a rough time adjusting to her kids moving out on their own and a recent divorce, so she decides to throw herself into her crafts. When she gets the opportunity to purchase on RV she jumps at it because she believes it is the perfect way to take her crafts on the road, traveling to craft shows far and wide. She even buys a pet to take with her, Ebenezer, a guinea pig.

Her first trip in her new RV is to the Christmas Holiday Bazaar in Morgantown, not too far from her home in Season’s Greetings, West Virginia. When she arrives she notices an odd smell. Thinking the former owner, her ex-stepdaughter left something in one of the compartments that had now spoiled she starts to look around. But it isn’t rotting food she finds, it’s her ex-husband, very dead and stinking to high heaven. When the police arrive Merry becomes their #1 suspect. She can’t believe they actually think she killed him and hid him in the RV she is driving around. She knows she has to find the real killer or Santa will be delivering her presents to her in jail. Behind bars is not how she imagined celebrating her favorite time of year.

I loved this story. Merry Winters has had a wonderful life after a precarious start. She has a huge heart and believes the best in everyone which at times can be her downfall. We do share a love of crafting and I miss doing the crafts I love. That is why I enjoy cozy mysteries like this one. I can live vicariously through the characters.

I don’t share her love of guinea pigs though. Ebenezer runs free through her house and does add some humorous moments. My guinea pig experience was not good. Our older children each had one and soon their care fell to me and cleaning their cages daily is an experience I would love to forget. They did enjoy their playtime, inside and out, but that was limited. I was glad their time with us was short.

Fittingly set in the holiday season, complete with a blizzard was great. Made me feel right at home as similar weather was happening here in Wisconsin as I was reading. I could relate to Merry’s worries about driving the RV on snowy slippery roads and her concern that the RV may not be the best choice for cold weather without some major renovations.

The mystery was fast paced with several surprising twists including unexpected suspects. The author has crafted a unique mystery and I really enjoyed the way she told this story. I was engaged the entire way and captivated by the way everything came together in the end.

Great characters, (I loved their names), an excellent plot, and a fun setting gave me everything I look for in a quality cozy mystery. I am excited to see where Ms. Freeburn takes us in book two.

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About the Author

Christina Freeburn has always loved books. There was nothing better than picking up a story and being transported to another place. The love of reading evolved into the love of writing and she’s been writing since her teenage years. Her first novel was a 2003 Library of Virginia Literary Award nominee. Her mysteries series, Faith Hunter Scrap This Mystery and Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mysteries, are a mix of crafty and crime and feature heroines whose crafting time is interrupted by crime solving.

Christina served in the US Army and has also worked as a paralegal, librarian, church secretary, and golf shop pro. She lives in West Virginia with her husband, dog, and a rarely seen cat except by those who are afraid and allergic to felines.

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Praise for Not a Creature Was Stirring
(Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)
by Christina Freeburn

This book was the right mix of Christmas cheer, family relationships, mystery, and community.
~Carla Loves to Read

If you love Christmas, you really do need to read this book. Christmas oozes from every page. Whether it’s talk of Christmas carols, Christmas decorations, Christmas crafts, or comparing people to characters from Christmas stories, you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit.
~Carstairs Considers….

What made this cozy mystery delightful for me was the settings, of course (all that snow!) but mainly the character of Merry Winters. Here is an individual we ought to all admire: a genuinely GOOD person, ready to think the best of everybody and to exert the effort to help and comfort anyone in need.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

Not A Creature Was Stirring is fast-paced, funny, and filled with a quirky cast of characters. I devoured this book in a couple of days.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

This is a story about new possibilities and old insecurities, some relationships and choices revisited, some regret . . . The characters are complicated and have “interesting“ relationships.
~Laura’s Interests

An intriguing mystery and themes of Christmas and crafting make NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING a fun holiday read.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Washington, North Carolina, and Michigan! 

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

Escapes Completed


In the Dog House (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 21, 2018
Setting – Indiana 
My Flashback Friday Read – My Review


Not A Creature Was Stirring
(A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

by Christina Freeburn
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – January 29, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops her this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Sweet Masterpiece: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery
by Connie Shelton
Release Date – August 27, 2010
Setting – New Mexico
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


No Good Tea Goes Unpunished (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday next week!


Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery)
by Alexis Morgan
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – Washington
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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January 28 – February 3, 2019


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 2019

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting the east coast this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Wine and Punishment (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Vermont
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Seven Deadly Zins: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery
(California Wine Country Mysteries)

by Nancy J. Parra
Release Date – January 8, 2019
Setting – California
My review will be up on Thursday!

Current Escape


In the Dog House (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 21, 2018
Setting – Indiana 
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Not A Creature Was Stirring
(A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

by Christina Freeburn
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – January 29, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next week for Cozy Wednesday.


Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

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#Review – TANGLED UP IN TINSEL (A Kenni Lowry Mystery) by Tonya Kappes @HeneryPress

TANGLED UP IN TINSEL (A Kenni Lowry Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Henery Press (September 25, 2018)
Hardcover: 236 pages
ISBN-10: 1635113997
ISBN-13: 978-1635113990
Paperback: 236 pages
ISBN-10: 1635113962
ISBN-13: 978-1635113969
Kindle ASIN: B07FH6V113

Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle…

It’s Christmastime in Cottonwood, Kentucky, and Sheriff Kenni Lowry is determined to keep the peace. Vivian Lowry, Kenni’s Mama, is having a Christmas-size hissy fit because Kenni plans to spend Christmas in Chicago with her Deputy Sheriff-turned-boyfriend Finn Vincent and his family.

Plus, the snowstorm of the century is headed right toward Cottonwood, leaving the residents in a frantic frenzy and potentially derailing Kenni’s Christmas plans with Finn.

If that’s not enough to dampen the Christmas spirit, the ghost of Kenni’s grandfather—the ex-sheriff—makes an appearance, and that means only one thing: there’s been a Christmas murder, and there’s a tinsel-wrapped victim at the center of it.

Relying on her Poppa more than ever, Kenni uses him as the Ghost of Christmas Past to help solve the murder, but will it be in time for her to save Christmas in Cottonwood and hop on her plane to meet Finn’s family?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sheriff Kenni Lowry only has one thing on her mind, spending the holidays with Deputy Sheriff, now boyfriend, Finn Vincent, and his family in Chicago. No matter what the meteorologists or the rest of Cottonwood says about the huge snowstorm on the way, Kenni is not going to let it dampen her spirits or change her plans. When her grandfather, former sheriff, currently a ghost shows up she realizes MURDER may be the one thing that can tangle up her plans royally.

A young woman goes missing after the Hunt Club Christmas Cantata. Her parents are frantic and her boyfriend is worried. When her vehicle is found all hope is gone when she is found inside. It initially looks like a suicide but Kenni knows that if her Poppa is there the girl did not kill herself.

Kenni with the assistance of her Poppa, Deputy Finn, and the temporary deputy there to fill in for her while she is on her trip, band together to put the killer behind bars before the snowstorm hits. While her mama may be happy she is stuck in Cottonwood Kenni hopes her plans to spend Christmas in the windy city don’t fall through.

Christmas in Cottonwood means family to Vivian Lowry as long as it is her family getting together. She is not happy that her daughter has Christmas plans away from her. As the day gets closer she tightens the screws more and more in hopes that Kenni will change her mind. Of course, a young woman’s death was not in her plan. She just wanted Kenni to stand up to Finn and make him choose not to leave. Vivian Lowry is a woman to be reckoned with, crossing her is not advised. The way that the author has crafted this character and all the others is totally believable. Their Southern charm just rolls off of them. Even Finn is starting to fit right in.

I really love the ghostly presence of Kenni’s grandfather. He can only be seen and heard by Kenni and her lovable dog Duke. With each new installment of this series, it gets harder and harder for Kenni to keep her secret from Finn. So much humor comes from the moments of Kenni with her Poppa, his outlandish comments and her trying to cover up when someone overhears her side of the conversation,

The death of Leighann Graves is heartbreaking and to have it happen so close to Christmas was even more wrenching. The suspects are all residents of Cottonwood. Some secrets come out to twist the case toward one person but then turns another way to incriminate someone else and the twists and turns keep coming right up until the very end. I can’t believe how fast I read this story. I just couldn’t wait to reach the end to find out who killed Leighann? does the storm of the century hit Cottonwood? did Finn and Kenni catch their plane to Chicago?

This book was so enjoyable to read. I am glad I saved it to read during the hustle and bustle this holiday season. It is one I recommend adding to your holiday reading lists as well. Totally entertaining!

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