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Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister

About Longing is Violet Dusk


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Georgia
Eburnean Books (September 27, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 302 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8987053201
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BDD6J18R

After a stressful foray into crime fighting, Hazel Dean is relieved to resume normality, taking care of her family and book shop–until her ability to see emotions in color pulls her into another crisis.

One night at book club, Hazel sees a swirl of jarring purple, blue and black encompass a young mother. Realizing that the woman might be in trouble, Hazel recommends a book that she hopes will provide some comfort and guidance.

To her horror, the young mother goes missing the following week. Hazel feels responsible and becomes obsessed with finding her. But the search isn’t the only thing Hazel is juggling. She’s also trying to help the missing woman’s children, evade a young reporter, and deal with the sudden reappearance of an old high school flame.

With all of Hazel’s efforts, can the missing woman be found before it’s too late?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Hazel Dean has a special gift. She can see people’s emotions in living colors and she uses the ability to find them the perfect book at her bookstore. During book club, she sees a rash of purple, blue and black surrounding a young mother. She then gives the woman a book she believes will help her but a few days later the woman goes missing in the forest. Hazel is beside herself with worry that the book she gave her may have led to her disappearance. She soon feels an overwhelming need to find her and get her back to her family.

While the search continues Hazel finds out her old high school boyfriend is back in town because of his parent’s failing health. His brother has also returned, and he just happens to be the missing woman’s high school boyfriend. Could he have something to do with why the woman went missing? Hazel hopes to put all the colorful clues together to find out.


Hazel Dean is an interesting protagonist. Most people would be overwhelmed by a “gift” like hers but after all these years I suppose it is just normal for her. I do like the way she uses it to match people to a certain book but this time we saw the heaviness it puts on her when she may have made a mistake. Her husband, Jason is just one of the small group that knows about her abilities. He is very understanding, but with an old boyfriend back in town who appears to have desires to rekindle his relationship with Hazel, he is a little tested. Plus one of their teenage sons suddenly has a girlfriend and the other is crushing on a reporter. Hazel is just not ready for that. So on top of Hazel’s colorful emotions, they still deal with realistic family issues.

Nina had some issues that she thought could be helped by some time alone, but when she didn’t come home on time her husband alerted the authorities. It was great the way the town came together to help search for her. Nina had been attending the book club at Books and Chocolate for years, so that is how she knew Hazel. I was a little surprised at how enmeshed Hazel became in the search and the aftermath. She really felt responsible. Her Uncle John, the police captain, really leaned on her too in a way that was definitely not the norm but that did not deter from my enjoyment of the series.

Ms. McAllister has written a complicated mystery and it flows at a brisk pace with some extraordinary twists including some after it seemed the case was solved. There were some moments when one character or another raised my hackles but I never expected the book to end the way it did. Again, like with Guilt is Midnight Blue, this story evoked a lot of emotions in me. I would have loved to see what colors appeared around me as I was reading.

Longing is Violet Dusk is a great addition to this series but I do recommend reading Guilt is Midnight Blue to meet the core characters from the start. I am excited for this series to continue.

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About Josalyn McAllister

Josalyn McAllister is a cozy fiction author whose most recent works include Love Over Easy and Guilt is Midnight Blue. Josalyn started writing character descriptions at the tender age of seven, inspired by the works of LM Montgomery. In her teenage years, she moved on to Newsies fan fiction. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, she wrote her first novel about a child she mentored in college. She has never stopped writing. Josalyn taught middle school history before deciding she would rather spend time with her own children than other peoples. A restless soul, she has moved all over the country and collected an eclectic array of hobbies. Her writing has a relatable quality that will charm and entertain you.

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Great Escapes Praise for Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister

This is a cozy mystery that stays within the formula while also managing to stand out!
~Reading is my Superpower

Enjoyable read as it all plays out. Makes a great choice for cozy fans looking for an FMC that is a little different than the norm. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 STARS
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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Guilt is Midnight Blue: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway

Guilt is Midnight Blue
by Josalyn McAllister

About Guilt Is Midnight Blue


Guilt is Midnight Blue: A Hazel Dean Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Georgia
Publisher: Eburnean Books (May 6, 2021)
Paperback: 290 pages
ISBN-10: 1734971045
ISBN-13: 978-1734971040

Digital ASIN : B0949QG9H1

Hazel Dean can see other’s emotions in color.

She mostly uses it to help people find the perfect book in her shop, Books and Chocolate. But, when one of her customers is murdered, the police point to an old feud. Only Hazel can tell that the accused is innocent. She must navigate around her district attorney husband, and her surrogate uncle, the police captain, to find out what really happened.

Hazel drives, hikes and snoops all over her small Appalachian town in an attempt to bring peace to the victim’s family and prevent her community from being torn apart by old grudges.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Cash McCleary needed to escape. His brother’s plan was dangerous and could get them in serious trouble. Driving around the old mill catches his eye. Someone has fixed it up. Beneath the ancient Red Gao Mill sign, there is a new sign, Chocolate and Books. Not much of a reader it is not a place he would usually visit and the last place his brother would look. He enters and sees books are stacked everywhere, four aisles, ten bookcases, and books were stacked almost to the ceiling. There seems to be no method of organization. He keeps walking through an almost tunnel of books until he reaches a bright open space. The entire back wall is glass with an amazing view of the North Georgia Mountains. He also notices the bakery counter and all the chocolates treats it holds. The place feels downright magical.

Hazel Randolph Dean is the owner of the place and she surprises Cash with her presence. Introductions are made and she immediately serves him a huge cup of her special hot chocolate. He admits he isn’t a reader and she replied, “Nonsense, you just haven’t found the right book yet.” She disappears among the stacks and returns with To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Again she disappears and he quickly finds himself immersed in the world of Jem and Scout. Later he has to leave and Hazel makes him a deal and he agrees to take the book with him.

You see Hazel Dean has a gift. She sees other people’s emotions in color and that helps her to match the right book to the right person.

Time passes and a little boy comes into her shop. A boy she sees is full of emotions. She then realizes this boy is Cash’s little brother. Blackness is filling in the space all around him. She knows something is terribly wrong. He has Cash’s book and says he wanted her to have it back. He then goes on to tell her Cash is dead. He was shot, two days ago. She hugs the boy and he leaves but she just can’t let it go, she has to know what happened. The police say it was the old feud between the McCleary’s and Trudgeon’s but that doesn’t fit with what she sees and is feeling. With a district attorney husband and her “Uncle” John, the police captain she feels she can get to the bottom of what really happened never imagining what the next days were going to bring or the danger she would be in.


I escaped into this book the same way Cash escaped into To Kill A Mockingbird.

Hazel Dean was a determined woman with a fascinating gift. She believes the man accused of Cash’s murder is innocent because the color around him is not the midnight blue she sees around a guilty party. She just can’t let an innocent man go to prison. Her husband is a smart man and trusts her gift but he wants to keep her safe. She also has two teenage sons to keep her busy and they know Cash’s brother which makes the case more personal for the family. Aside from Hazel’s gift and money she received after her parent’s death the Dean’s are your typical American family. The characters develop very realistically throughout the story.

The murder mystery is super intriguing and Hazel finds clues in very interesting places. It also leads her to meet a very unique person that has ties to several would-be suspects. Hazel goes to great lengths to get answers and she puts herself and later her husband too into precarious situations. My eyes were glued to the pages as they were flying by.  Ms. McAllister really drew me in and if Hazel could have seen me I would have been surrounded by several colors as my emotions ran the gambit while I was reading. Gosh, it was truly impossible to put this book down. Hazel had her theories and I was on board with her until we were both surprised by a twist. The big reveal did not just encompass one moment either. I was on the edge of my seat from Chapter Eighteen until Chapter Twenty-Three and then that was replaced by some tears because something I had suspected and dismissed played out.

Guilt is Midnight Blue was such a compelling and powerful read. I am now fully invested in Hazel and her family so I am excited that this is just book one of the series and not a stand-alone mystery. Hazel has a unique ability and her Chocolate and Books is a great place to bring new people into her life. I can’t imagine what the author has in store for Hazel but I am anxious to find out.

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About Josalyn McAllister

Josalyn McAllister is a cozy fiction author whose most recent works include Love Over Easy and Guilt is Midnight Blue. Josalyn started writing character descriptions at the tender age of seven, inspired by the works of LM Montgomery. In her teenage years, she moved on to Newsies fan fiction. Inspired by National Novel Writing Month, she wrote her first novel about a child she mentored in college. She has never stopped writing. Josalyn taught middle school history before deciding she would rather spend time with her own children than other peoples. A restless soul, she has moved all over the country and collected an eclectic array of hobbies. Her writing has a relatable quality that will charm and entertain you.

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Great Escapes Praise for Guilt is Midnight Blue
by Josalyn McAllister

Hazel Dean is a firecracker. Her superpower is being able to read people’s emotions and more importantly to fit the right book to the perfect reader. Color me jealous (the pun is unintended, but I will enjoy it anyway)
~I Read What You Write!

I fell in love with this town in Appalachia and the people. I especially liked the take on the feud between the Trudgeon’s and McCleary’s much like the Hatfield and the McCoys . . . This may be a new favorite series and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Hazel. We give it 5 paws up.
~Storeybook Reviews

I was caught up in the story right away, meeting Hazel’s family . . . and learning of her determination to free an innocent man despite the risks she has to take . . . You will totally enjoy this book, have your heart-strings pulled by the characters, and hold your breath in the suspense scenes.
~Here’s How It Happened

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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.”