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Cozy Wednesday featuring Gavels, Tinsel and Murder (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

About Gavels, Tinsel and Murder


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kanga Press (November 4, 2022)
Number of Pages c. 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B6Y4H13L

A charity ball. A dead guest. Can an amateur sleuth solve the case or will it ruin Christmas forever?

Aspiring antiques expert, Dotty Sayers, is excited about organising a ball in a Cotswold country house. When a lecture on modern art leads to a kiss under the mistletoe she thinks all her Christmases have come at once. But her festive cheer turns sour when a partygoer is found dead on the dance floor.

The police ask Dotty to help wrap up the case of a stolen painting, but as the search continues she becomes entangled in the murder investigation. When this amateur detective realises the culprit could be a close friend, will she face the Yuletide music?

Can Dotty put aside her personal feelings and herald a murderer?

Gavels, Tinsel, and Murder is the fourth book in the charming Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery series. If you like to eat, drink and be merry with a group of entertaining characters, then you’ll be entertained by Victoria Tait’s festive tale.

Christmas comes but once a year so buy Gavels, Tinsel and Murder today!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Aging rockstar Jay Newton returns and again he is opening his home to the public for a charity Christmas gala that includes dinner, dancing, and both a public auction and a silent auction. Dotty and her friend local police sergeant Keya Varma are organizing the event. Dotty is also busy with her work at Akemans Auction House and she just started an Appreciation of Modern Art Short Course that is mostly online but features a weekly in-person lecture by experts. At home, she is helping Aunt Beanie with Uncle Cliff but soon Beanie is going to have to make a huge decision.

The night of the ball arrives and everything is shining bright including Dotty who receives a very special kiss under the mistletoe. But then, just as the silent auction is about to start one of the guests is found dead and later a painting goes missing. The police actually ask for Dotty’s help to find the painting but she quickly realizes that case is coupled with the murder investigation and may involve a friend. Can she remain impartial and find the killer or will these cases ruin everyone’s Christmas?


I love the way Dotty has grown since this series began. She is getting more independent every day and has turned into a strong amateur sleuth. She is also out meeting more people. Taking an art class on her own is a huge step. She is even starting to open up to having a new man in her life.

Dotty is surrounded by a wonderful group of friends but they have struggles of their own. We have watched Uncle Cliff’s dementia change him and it has been hard on Beanie, Norman, and Dotty. In this story, Beanie is under a lot of pressure. Ms. Tait has handled this subplot in a very real way and may make readers get emotional as Beanie works through her decision. I was a little angry with one character but was touched by Beanie the whole time. Another is questioning the strength of her marriage and opens up to Dotty. She has such a compassionate soul, all she wants to do is help.

The author penned a very complex mystery. The victim made his share of enemies so there were plenty of suspects. Murder, money, fidelity, stolen paintings, and forgeries all twist together to set up an incredibly surprising ending, and it’s a bit of a wild ride to get there. I enjoyed every second but am still in shock.

Ms. Tait is a marvelous storyteller. Her characters are diverse and multi-generational. Their interaction and dialogue are true to life. The settings are brought to life with her descriptive writing style. I treasure the feeling of being right there in the room. She includes real everyday issues that we all could face in our own lives. And she always delivers a top-notch mystery that makes me think.

Gavels, Tinsel and Murder is an excellent addition to this series. As soon as I finished it I was wishing I had the next book in my hands. Thankfully, my wait won’t be long. Antique Tragedy will be released on December 26. Merry Christmas to me!

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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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Great Escapes Praise for Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

I highly recommend Gavels, Tinsel and Murder for its fascinating characters, enjoyable setting, and exciting mystery.
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

Makes for a fabulously fun cozy mystery that you will be unable to put down until the very last page.
~Books A Plenty Book Reviews

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Pennsylvania, Idaho, and California!!

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

Escapes Completed


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday this week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
My Review will be up Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature next week on Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
For Review

Future Escapes

November 6 – 12, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #44 – 2022


Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to West Virginia, England, and North Carolina!!

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

Escapes Completed


Dead of Winter (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read – Review


A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Book Club to Die For (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
For Review


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
For Review

Future Escapes

October 30 – November 5, 2022


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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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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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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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #23 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Massachusetts and Louisiana!

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

Escapes Completed


Peril at Pennington Manor (An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery)
by Tracy Gardner
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Death By Beach Read (A Lighthouse Library Mystery)
by Eva Gates
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Valued for Murder:
A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – June 10, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology
Release Date – June 21, 2022
Setting – Various
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here
Thursday, June 9, and Saturday, June 18

so I will be reading 2 stories over the next two weeks.

Murder Is No Picnic (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
by Amy Pershing
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bayou Book Thief (A Vintage Cookbook Mystery)
by Ellen Byron
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – Louisiana
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

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June 5 – 11, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, North Carolina, and England!

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

Escapes Completed


Lies, Spies, and the Baker’s Surprise
(A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)

by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – May 17, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Diva Says Cheesecake! (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
by Krista Davis
Release Date – May 31, 2022
Setting – Virginia
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Renovated to Death (A Domestic Partners in Crime Mystery)
by Frank Anthony Polito
Release Date – May 31, 2022
Setting – Michigan
My Review will be up Thursday!

Current Escape


Deadly Sweet Tooth (Vintage Sweets Mysteries)
by Kaye George
Release Date – June 2, 2020
Setting – Texas
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Peril at Pennington Manor (An Avery Ayers Antique Mystery)
by Tracy Gardner
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – New York
For Review


Death By Beach Read (A Lighthouse Library Mystery)
by Eva Gates
Release Date – June 7, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Valued for Murder:
A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth
(A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – June 10, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!

Future Escapes

May 29 – June 4, 2022


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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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Cozy Wednesday with Victoria Tait – Author of Wild Dog Revenge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery) #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Wild Dog Revenge (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
by Victoria Tait

I am so happy to have Victoria Tait visit today!


Hi Victoria,

Hi Lori,

First, I’d like to thank you for all your hard work helping cozy mystery writers like myself.

Your help to organise book tours, especially for new authors, is invaluable, as visibility is becoming harder as more and more books are released.

Thank you so much!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I had no intention of becoming a writer, but in January 2019, I found myself sitting in a sparsely furnished house, during a UK winter, dreaming of the warmth and life in Kenya, which I had just left.

I started listening to author podcasts, which is when the idea of writing about the 8 years I’d spent in Kenya came to me.  It may have been, in part, because of a version of homesickness and, in part, wanting to convey the extraordinary life my family and I’d spent in such a fascinating country.

I began writing Fowl Murder in May 2019 and published it in July 2020, as the first book in my Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  Wild Dog Revenge completes a six-book series.

My husband is in the British Military, and his job takes him, and our family, around the UK, and the world.  We are currently based in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  It is another fascinating country, as is neighbouring Croatia and I’m sure I’ll use them as settings for a future book series.

On a personal note, I’ve not been able to do much in the pandemic except try to maintain my mental health and juggle various different tasks and calls upon my time and emotions.

I’ve started exercising again and I’m up to 25 minutes continuous running, longer with some walking, and I swim twice a week.

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

I spend about a week undertaking research, character development, and plot ideas.  As I’m still a relatively new writer, the process keeps changing.

Wild Dog Revenge needed less research as I was familiar with the main characters and the locations, and I know about horses and have an overview of polo, around which the book is set.

My new series has required a lot more research and development, particularly of the characters.  I had to return to the UK recently, as my youngest son was suspected of having Covid, so I used the opportunity to visit the area where my series is set, and I discovered villages I’d lived close to but never visited.

After a week, I usually begin a book, writing in the mornings, and undertaking any additional research in the afternoons.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

I certainly look at the first blank page and think, “New book, where do I start?”  So, I look to my main character and ask what is her motive and journey in the story?  Or it may be that a particular theme comes to me which I want to develop further.  I follow the threads, and characters and plot ideas develop, although I always leave room for development as I write.

In the mornings, I write for one to two hours until I reach a point where the words are hard to find and my concentration lapses.  Then I take a break and do some exercise, housework or cooking.

If I continue to wonder what happens next in my story, I sleep on it and usually find a solution in the morning.  And if I’m really struggling, I put the story to one side and read, or listen to audio books, to re-fill the ‘creative well’.

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

I’ve learned so much on my writing journey.  I have so many tips and resources for those wanting to write and publish their first, and subsequent, books that I’ve started a blog on my website, www.ShoestringPublishing.com In particular, I’m focusing on budget and not spending the family savings, or the weekly grocery budget to publish a book.

A smaller and smaller percentage of writers, particularly aspiring ones, are given traditional publishing deals but it is still possible to publish a book via a small press, or as an independent author.  And the good news is that there is an ever-increasing number of resources to help self-published authors, as well as a very supportive author community.

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

It’s more of a case of what I have to do rather than what I want to do.  My husband and I both caught Covid in March, and he had complications, including pneumonia.  I felt drained for a time and now I’m trying to re-energise through exercise and healthy living.  But things keep knocking me sideways, and I’m struggling to find a rhythm. Fingers crossed the world will start to open up so I can explore more of Sarajevo, Bosnia and the Balkans.

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

I finished editing my first book as the pandemic started and quickly wrote my second.  I managed to write, even with home schooling, by getting up each morning at 5.30 am and sitting at the computer for a couple of hours.

But what affected me most was packing up the house and moving to a new country, where we had to settle in without personal contact with anyone.  As my boys are at school in the UK, I’ve continued to travel, which has been extremely stressful.

As I don’t know what the publishing world was like pre-Covid it’s difficult for me to comment further.  What did affect me was not having my summer job in 2020, so I didn’t have the money I needed for publishing and marketing, and I found myself in debt.  I’m continuing to write but I’ve cut back my costs and found alternative ways to do things.

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

At the moment, I’d love to return to Kenya to catch up with friends and visit the glorious white sandy beaches of Diani.

After that, I’d like to visit the countries close to Bosnia such as Romania, Hungary and my boys would love to visit Venice and Florence in Italy.  Fingers crossed we will have a chance next year.

What is next on the horizon for you?

I have started a new cozy mystery series set in the scenic Cotswolds of England, close to where I lived in 2019/2020.  I really enjoyed visiting and attending local auctions as I furnished our house, so the series begins at an auction house, with the strange and eccentric characters that are found in the antiques world.

I’m also developing my Shoestring Publishing brand with advice and resources for new writers and those who are published but can’t afford to keep going unless they find a method to publish on a budget.

I’ll continue marketing my Kenya Kanga Mystery series, targeting readers interested in Africa and wildlife.

What a wonderful interview! Thank you, Victoria for spending some time with us today! 


Keep reading for my thoughts about Wild Dog Revenge.

About Wild Dog Revenge 


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery (A Kenya Kanga Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Kenya
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Kanga Press (November 12, 2021)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 237 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09B66WXJ4

A high-stakes match. An inexplicable death. As the players take their positions, can an amateur sleuth solve the mystery before the final whistle blows?

Mama Rose just wants to enjoy a local polo tournament and care for any injured horses. But when a polo player is found dead in a stable, there’s all to play for if our silver-haired investigator is to discover the deadly truth.

Intrigued by tales from a late-night party, Rose unearths multiple suspects all with motives to harm the victim. But when her enquires lead to dead ends, she begins to doubt her intuition that there’s been foul play.

With the tournament drawing to a close, and the dead man’s influential father demanding answers, the police are on the losing side.

Can Rose unravel the clues before the umpire calls full time?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I couldn’t wait to get back to Kenya and Mama Rose. In this final book of this series, Mama Rose takes us to a local polo match where she will tend to any injured horses and find herself in the middle of another murder investigation. One of the prominent polo players is found dead in the stable. With all the people attending the matches there is a vast number of suspects. This is a tough case for Mama Rose and she even second-guesses herself but she doesn’t give up.


I have enjoyed this series so much. Ms. Tait has created such diverse characters. Mama Rose is a unique character. She is such a strong woman, very intuitive, will do anything to help an animal or person in need. She is also an awesome amateur sleuth. Her husband Craig was a great character too. Everyone that Rose meets is vividly described. The core characters we have met over the course of the series developed naturally and the characters introduced are given plenty of background. This book had a large cast with all the polo players and those attending the matches. Each was easy to keep straight and all had a purpose within the story.

I also enjoy the setting of the series. I will never travel to Kenya so these little virtual trips excite me. She describes each place so well, I picture everything so clearly. I feel like I am right there on the scene witnessing all the happenings.  I also learn about the animals of the region. Ms. Tait piques my interest and I always find myself doing just a little more research.

On top of the great characters and the amazing setting, she gives her readers a fantastic mystery to really escape into.  So many suspects and situations that tug on your heartstrings grab your attention and hold on tight.

Again, I am amazed how the author packs this all into less than 250 pages.

I am sad this series is ending because I have grown to be very interested in the lives of these characters. That being said I am thrilled Victoria Tait is working on a new series. Her travels must give her a font of ideas. I am looking forward to reading anything and everything she writes.

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More About Victoria Tait

Victoria Tait is the author of the enchanting Kenya Kanga Mystery series.  She’s drawn on 8 years’ experience of living in rural Kenya, with her family, to write vivid and evocative books.  Her readers feel the heat, taste the dryness and smell the dust of Africa.  Her silver-haired sleuth, “Mama Rose” Hardie, is Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple reincarnated and living in Kenya.

Like all good military wives, Victoria follows the beat of the drum and currently lives in Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She has two fast-growing teenage boys and enjoys horse riding and mountain biking.

You can find Victoria at VictoriaTait.com, on Bookbub and in her readers’ Facebook group, Victoria’s Voracious Readers (with her cat Izzy)

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Idaho, Wisconsin, and back to Mississippi!

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

Escapes Completed


Last Call (Mack’s Bar Mysteries)
by Allyson K. Abbott
Release Date – July 31, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read! My Review/Giveaway


Styled for Murder (Bad Hair Day Mysteries)
by Nancy J. Cohen
Release Date – November 16, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Wild Dog Revenge: A Page-Turning Cozy Murder Mystery
(A Kenya Kanga Mystery)

by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 12, 2021
Setting – Kenya
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Nightmare On The Bike Trail (A Southwest Exposure Mystery)
by Jodi Linton
Release Date – November 6, 2021
Setting – New Mexico
The Great Escape Tour stops here Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Killer Comfort Food (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 5, 2021
Setting – Idaho
My Flashback Friday Read
plus my Alphabet Soup Mini Reading Challenge!


Mystery in the Hill
by Aaron Qualio
Release Date – March 13, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


A Murder Like No Author: A Book Shop Cozy Mystery (Main Street Book Club Mysteries)
by Amy Lillard
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Future Escapes

November 14 – 20, 2021 


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