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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day 1 – Alyssa Maxwell – @KensingtonBooks

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 11! – – – Let’s Party

I started blogging on December 31, 2009! So tomorrow it will be 11 years!! It was my New Year’s Resolution to put myself out there and I am so glad I did!

Through my blog, I have met so many amazing people, authors, publicists, bloggers and readers just like you reading this post. I am beyond grateful for all of these wonderful connections.

One group of fabulous people are the publicists from Kensington Books. They are generous with giveaways all year long.  When I reached out to them about books for this week’s giveaways they were so supportive. So for the 2nd year in a row, Kensington Books will be partnering with me for some of the giveaways this week. I am thrilled to share their books with you all year long and so excited to share these giveaways!
To kick this party off
WE ARE GIVING AWAY A SET OF ALYSSA MAXWELL’S
GILDED NEWPORT MYSTERIES TO ONE WINNER!

Murder at Rough Point

In glittering Newport, Rhode Island, status is everything. But despite being a poorer relation to the venerable Vanderbilts, Emma Cross has shaped her own identity—as a reporter and a sleuth.

As the nineteenth century draws to a close, Fancies and Fashion reporter Emma Cross is sent by the Newport Observer to cover an elite house party at Rough Point, a “cottage” owned by her distant cousin Frederick Vanderbilt that has been rented as an artist retreat. To her surprise, the illustrious guests include her estranged Bohemian parents—recently returned from Europe—as well as a variety of notable artists, including author Edith Wharton.

But when one of the artists is discovered dead at the bottom of a cliff, Rough Point becomes anything but a house of mirth. After a second murder, no one is above suspicion—including Emma’s parents. As Newport police detective Jesse Whyte searches for a killer, Emma tries to draw her own conclusions—with the help of Mrs. Wharton. But with so many sketchy suspects, she’ll need to canvas the crime scenes carefully, before the cunning culprit takes her out of the picture next . . .

Murder at Chateau sur Mer

Late nineteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, is home to some of America’s wealthiest citizens. For society reporter Emma Cross, a less well-heeled cousin to the illustrious Vanderbilts, trailing gossip and glamour will lead her straight into murder . . .

Covering a polo match for the Observer, Emma’s job is to take note of the real players off the field—Newport’s well-bred elite. But the fashionable façade is breached when a woman in gaudy clothing creates a scene demanding to speak to the wife of Senator George Wetmore—until she is escorted off the grounds by the police.

The next morning, police detective Jesse Whyte asks Emma to meet him at the Wetmores’ Bellevue Avenue home, Chateau sur Mer, where the senator’s wife, Edith, has mysteriously asked to see her. Upon entering the mansion, Emma is confronted with a crime scene—the intruder from the polo match lies dead at the foot of a grand staircase.

To avoid scandal, Edith Wetmore implores Emma to use her reporter skills and her discretion to investigate. When Emma learns the victim was a prostitute—and pregnant—she wonders if the senator was being blackmailed. As Emma peels back layers of deception and family secrets, she may have met her match in a desperate killer who will trample anyone who gets in the way . . .

Murder at Ochre Court

In the summer of 1898, reporter Emma Cross investigates a shocking death among the bright lights of Newport’s high society . . .

After a disappointing year as a society columnist for the Herald and staying with her more well-heeled Vanderbilt relatives in New York City, Emma has returned to the salty air, glittering ocean vistas, and grand stately mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, more determined than ever to report on hard news.

But for now she’s covering the social event of the season at Ochre Court, a coming-out ball designed to showcase Cleo Cooper-Smith, who will be literally on display, fittingly as Cleopatra, in an elaborate tableau vivant. Recently installed modern electricity will allow Miss Cooper-Smith to truly shine. But as the deb ascends to her place of honor, the ballroom is plunged into darkness. When the lights come back on, Cleo sits still on her throne, electrocuted to death.

Quickly establishing that the wiring was tampered with, Emma now has a murder to investigate. And the array of eligible suspects could fill another ballroom—from a shady New York real estate developer to a neglected sister and the mother of a spurned suitor. As Emma begins to discover this crime has unseen connections to a nefarious network, she puts her own life at risk to shine a light on the dark motives behind a merciless murder.

Murder at Crossways

In late August 1898, reporter Emma Cross attends the final fête of the Newport social season and discovers the party’s over for a visiting prince . . .

The approaching end of summer means it’s time for the Harvest Festival, the last big event of the season, held by Mamie Fish, wife of millionaire tycoon Stuyvesant Fish, at their grand “cottage,” Crossways. The mansion is decked out in artificial autumn splendor and an extravagant scavenger hunt will be held. But the crowning jewel of the evening will be the guest of honor, Prince Otto of Austria.

As acting editor-in-chief of the Newport Messenger, Emma had hoped to leave her days as a society reporter behind her. But at the last moment, she must fill in at the Harvest Festival. With nearly every eligible daughter of Newport high society in attendance, Emma can almost hear romantic dreams shattering like glass slippers when the prince finally appears—as a corpse in the garden.

The prince was stabbed in the same manner as another man recently found on nearby Bailey’s Beach, who strongly resembles a relation of Emma’s presumed dead for nearly thirty years. It’s up to Emma to find a connection between the two victims—before a killer slips away like the fading summer . . .

 

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BLACK FRIDAY Kensington Holiday Giveaway!!

Let’s get the holidays off to a fantastic start!

with a BLACK FRIDAY Kensington Holiday Giveaway!!

I am over the moon excited to bring you this giveaway
today sponsored by Kensington Books!!

 


One Person Will Win!

PRUNING THE DEAD by Julia Henry

THE HIDDEN CORPSE by Debra Sennefelder

MURDER IN THE FIRST EDITION by Lauren Elliott

JANE DARROWFIELD, PROFESSIONAL BUSYBODY by Barbara Ross

MURDER IN TRANQUILITY PARK by J.D. Griffo

APPLE CIDER SLAYING by Julie Anne Lindsey

DEATH BEE COMES HER by Nancy Coco (Jan 2020 release)

HERE COMES THE  BODY by Maria DiRico (March 2020 release)

POPPY HARMON AND THE HUNG JURY by Lee Hollis (Jan 2020 release)

AND DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Darcie Wilde (Jan 2020 release)

COCONUT LAYER CAKE MURDER by Joanne Fluke (March 2020 release)

THE BODY IN THE GRAVEL by Judi Lynn

HAVE  YOURSELF A BEARY LITTLE MURDER by Meg Macy

A CATERED NEW YEAR’S EVE by Isis Crawford

YULE LOG MURDER by Leslie Meier, Barbara Ross, Lee Hollis

MURDER AT CROSSWAYS by Alyssa Maxwell

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke

GRAVE EXPECTATIONS by Heather Redmond

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – Grave Errors (A Witch City Mystery) by Carol J. Perry @KensingtonBooks

Grave Errors (A Witch City Mystery)
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Mass Market Paperback: 364 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496707178
Kindle ASIN: B01MRTOFW5

Whose funeral will be next?

For residents of Salem, Massachusetts, the day after Halloween brings empty candy wrappers, sagging pumpkins, and a community-wide identity crisis. That is, until Lee Barrett’s TV production class suggests extending the spooky season with the traditional Mexican celebration Dia de Los Muertos. But when the students discover not all of Salem’s dead are resting in peace, the post-October blues don’t seem so bad after all . . .

As if a series of haunting graveyard visits isn’t disturbing enough, Lee and her policeman boyfriend connect the crime to an unsolved missing person case. Driven by a series of chilling psychic visions, Lee calls on her cleverest allies—including her shrewd cat, O’Ryan—to go underground and dig up the evidence needed to put a lid on a cold case forever . . . before the latest headstone in town has her name on it!

About the Author
Carol J. Perry was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on Halloween eve, and that magical city serves as the backdrop for her Witch City Mystery series. She is also the author of several young adult novels. Her nonfiction articles on travel, antiques, and ecology often appear in regional and national publications. Find out more about Carol on her webpage here.


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Flashback Friday – Grilled For Murder by Maddie Day #Review / #Giveaway


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.


Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Indiana
Kensington (May 31, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617739279
Kindle ASIN: B01501H4MK

 

 

Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business…

In the charming small town of , Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans ‘N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer’s brother, but she doesn’t appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie’s store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious–even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie’s friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order…

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Dollycas’s Thoughts

It is getting close to Christmastime in South Lick, Indiana. Robbie Jordan has a welcome home party booked at Pans ‘N Pancakes before she can start decorating.  Erica Shermer is back in South Lick after the death of her husband, but she sure doesn’t seem to be grieving. I completely understand we all grieve in our own way but flirting with her departed husband’s brother and every other man in the room seems just a bit off. When Robbie finds Erica’s very dead body spread out on the floor next to the pickle barrel the next morning she knows right away there could be plenty of suspects. She just never imagined the police would hone in on her friend Phil. It is up to her to find the clues that will send them in another direction or Christmas in South Lick will be far from Merry.

This second installment to this series was a very fast read for me. Ms. Day’s well crafted mystery drew me right in and didn’t let go.

I really like Robbie Jordan and the place she has created with Pans ‘N Pancakes. A gathering place for the community and great comfort cooking too. Robbie is quick and smart and so friendly. She can easily question several people with simple conversation over breakfast. She also passes along what she knows to the police, although she is putting herself in the line of fire when the real murderer sees she is getting to close to the truth. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters and the bit Indiana – ish way of speaking added a true local feeling.

This mystery moves along at a good clip. Several twists had me truly wondering if the person I wanted to be the guilty party would actually be the guilty party. You will have to read the story to see if I was right.

There was some unexpected drama on the romantic front too. I am anxious to see how it continues to play out in future stories, regarding both parties.

Grilled For Murder is a down home kind of cozy with colorful characters, a comfortable setting and a fun mystery.

I do suggest starting with Flipped for Murder, but the author gives plenty of detail if you start with this one. The 3rd book in the series When the Grits Hit the Fan will be released March 28. I have added it to my reading schedule. 

Dollycas
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About The Author

Maddie Day is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-nominated author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau and three cats in Massachusetts.

As Edith Maxwell, she write the Local Foods Mysteries (Kensington Publishing) and the Quaker Midwife Mysteries (Midnight Ink).

You can find all Maddie’s/Edith’s identities at www.edithmaxwell.com. She blogs every week day with the other Wicked Cozy Authors at wickedcozyauthors.com. Look for her as Edith M. Maxwell and Maddie Day on Facebook and @edithmaxwell and @maddiedayauthor on Twitter.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 2017

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?
I am putting on a lot of reading miles this week!

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

Books Completed

Cruel Winter: A County Cork Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
My Review
Setting – Ireland

Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up tomorrow! 

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table (A Kelly Jackson Mystery)
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – California
Janet Finsilver will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Beginner’s Luck (The O’Briens Book 1)
Release Date – October 16, 2016
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Books Scheduled

Grilled For Murder (A Country Store Mystery)
Release Date – May 31, 2016
Setting – Indiana
My Flashback Friday Read


Kneaded to Death (A Bread Shop Mystery)
Release Date – February 28, 2017
Setting – California


The Silence of the Flans (An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery)
Release Date – March 7, 2017
Setting – Ohio
Laura will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!

Elementary, She Read: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery
Release Date – March 14, 2017
Setting – Massachusetts
For Review

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Happy Reading!!
Dollycas
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Sunday Salon/Sunday Post – Friends – Weekly Rewind – Mail Call

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an informal week in review
gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

SUNDAY POSTThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Happy SUNDAY Everyone!

I missed this post last week because I posted a tribute to my friend, author Jim Lavene, who died on May 5. So I didn’t get to tell you about the fantastic time I had getting together for lunch with my friends from high school. We don’t see each other often, but when we do we always have fun. I also know these ladies have my back and I have their’s no matter what.

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Look how nice it was outside. Today it is so cold and snowflakes have been falling off and on all day. I have also been sick for 2 days. I hope whatever I have goes away quickly.

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Weekly Rewind May 2 – 14, 2016

Week 1 – To catch up for missing last week.

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #18

Plus – Spotlight – The Sharyn Howard Mystery Series by Joyce and Jim Lavene

And – #Spotlight/ #Giveaway – FRAMED to death by Christina Freeburn

Tuesday – New Release Tuesday – May 2016

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sally Goldenbaum – Author of Murder at Lambswool Farm – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – House of the Hanging Jade by Amy Reade – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Played by the Book by Lucy Arlington – #Review – #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Saturday – #Guest Post/ #Giveaway – Failure Is Fatal by Lesley A. Diehl – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Special Guest – Heather Blake – Author of Gone With the Witch – #Review/ #Giveaway – Giveaway still open.

Week 2

Sunday – Remembering Jim Lavene

Monday – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #19

Tuesday – #Review/ #Giveaway – The Final Tap by Amanda Flower – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Peg Cochran – Author of Berry the Hatchet – #Review #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review/ #Giveaway – Clouds In My Coffee by Julie Mulhern – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – Flashback Friday – Murder With A Twist by Tracy Kiely – #Review

Saturday – Spotlight/ #Giveaway – A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett

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I hope you have a wonderful week!

Dollycas
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Spotlight/ #Giveaway – Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad – Great Escapes Book Tour

I was scheduled to review this book but I had a little problem with my e-copy. Entirely my fault. The publicist is sending me a new copy and I will squeeze it in and post my review as soon as I can.

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Dearly Departed
by Hy Conrad

DEARLY DEPARTED is a truly cool cozy, truly delightful: engrossing, at times dangerous, at times light-hearted, variably romantic, humorous, wraparound comfy…
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

You will be whisked away on a new adventure when you pick this book up.
~Shelley’s Book Case

This is one of the most humor-filled cozies I have read in a long time. However, that is not to say that the humor overpowers the mystery. It merely adds to the fun of reading the book.
~Book Babble

I love the idea of a mystery series centered around a travel agency. Imagine all the wonderful settings and unique mysteries such a setting offers. If you enjoy mysteries and arm chair traveling, this is the series for you.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

DEARLY DEPARTED
Dearly Departed
(An Amy’s Travel Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Kensington (January 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1617736827
E-Book ASIN: B00X2EOZPW
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Synopsis

Fanny and Amy Abel, the dynamic mother-and-daughter owners of a NYC travel agency, have just booked their biggest trip yet. But with danger in the air, the itinerary may include murder…

Paisley MacGregor, a maid to the rich, made a dying request to send all of her wealthy employers on a first-class wake to spread her ashes around the world. Amy has her suspicions about these “mourners,” especially when one has a life-threatening “accident” at the first stop in Paris. And when a mysterious American stranger tagging along with the group has his ticket punched in the shadow of the Taj Mahal, Amy knows she may have a killer on her tour.

Who was this stranger, and what’s the connection to someone in her group? Digging for clues while continuing on with the trip is a lot for Amy to manage, especially when another mourner has a possibly fatal encounter with a Hawaiian volcano. Back in the States, Fanny and Amy start to piece together a secret worth killing for, but someone is hot on their trail, and ready to send them on a one-way trip–to the morgue!

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About The Author

Hy Conrad was the co-executive producer of the hit television series Monk. Monk received three Edgar nominations from the Mystery Writers of America for “Best TV Series.” The author of hundreds of short stories and ten books of short whodunits which have been sold around the world in fourteen languages, he’s also the author of the novels, Mr. Monk Helps Himself and Mr. Monk Gets On Board. Hy splits his time between Key West, Vermont, and New York City. Readers can visit his website at hyconrad.com.

 

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Tour Participants
February 1 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review
February 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Spotlight
February 3 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy,  &, Sissy, Too ! – Spotlight
February 4 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
February 5 – Brooke Blogs – Interview
February 6 – Laura’s Interests – Review
February 7 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight
February 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – Spotlight
February 9 – Book Babble – Review
February 10 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
February 11 – Island Confidential – Spotlight
February 12 – Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes – Spotlight
February 13 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Spotlight
February 14 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
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Review/Giveaway – Thread and Gone by Lea Wait – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Thread and Gone
by Lea Wait

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Thread and Gone
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Maine

Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085
E-Book ASIN: B00VQFKH8I
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When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…
 
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I was so impressed with this story. Could you imagine having a piece of needlework that could be from the 1500’s? What a treasure, until it goes missing. They had thought a lawyer’s safe would be secure but sadly it wasn’t and the attorney was killed when it was stolen. I think I would have gone over the edge.   But Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers keep their heads about them and do the research and investigate not only the provenance of the stitched piece but do everything to catch a murderer too.

This was one of those stories that once you start reading you just can’t stop. I really enjoyed all the history. The many Mary’s of Scotland and the connection to France and Maine. It was so interesting and tickled my memory. I probably learned all about it back in school and this story brought it all back and more.

Lea Wait also shines a light on the local economy which reflects the economy nationwide as we all are working harder just to get by. It really helped me to identify with the characters in the story. Gram is away on her honeymoon for most of this story but Angie is getting much more comfortable running the business. Sarah Byrne, one of the Mainely Needlepointers, played a big part this time with her knowledge of history and antiques. They were also assisted by fellow needlepointers, Dave Percy and Ruth Hopkins. Dave teaches biology at the high school. Ruth is elderly and arthritis in her hands makes it hard to do much stitching but she a huge help investigating.

Each chapter starts with verses that were stitched on samplers from the past.

“When idle drones supinely dream of fame the industrious actually get the same.” – Verse stitched on sampler  by Sally Alger at Miss Polly Balch’s School in Providence, Rhode Island, 1782

Another marvelous mystery from Lea Wait.

perfect 2016

Dollycas
Your Escape With A Good Book Travel Agent

 

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About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

 

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Tour Participants

January 11 – Back Porchervations – Review
January 11 – Island Confidential – Interview
January 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review
January 13 – Babs Book Bistro – Review
January 14 – Laura’s Interests – Review
January 15 – A Blue Million Books – Interview
January 15 – Book Babble – Review
January 16 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review
January 17 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review
January 18 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review
January 19 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight
January 19 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review
January 20 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review
January 20 – MysteriesEtc – Review

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Review/ #Giveaway – Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Murder Most Malicious
by Alyssa Maxwell

 

MURDER MOST MALIOUS
Murder Most Malicious
(A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery Book 1)

New Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – England

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617738302
E-Book ASIN: B00VQFKHPQ
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In post–World War I England, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her lady’s maid, Eva Huntford, step outside of their social roles and put their lives at risk to apprehend a vicious killer…
 
December 1918: As a difficult year draws to a close, there is much to celebrate for nineteen-year-old Phoebe Renshaw and her three siblings at their beloved family estate of Foxwood Hall. The dreadful war is finally over; eldest daughter Julia’s engagement to their houseguest, the Marquis of Allerton, appears imminent; and all have gathered to enjoy peace on earth, good will toward men.

But the peace of Foxwood Hall is shattered on the morning of Boxing Day, when the Marquis goes missing. Not entirely missing, however, as macabre evidence of foul play turns up in gift boxes given to lady’s maid Eva Huntford and a handful of others. Having overheard her sister and the Marquis in a heated exchange the night before, Lady Phoebe takes a personal interest in solving the mystery.

As the local constable suspects a footman at Foxwood Hall, Phoebe and Eva follow the clues to a different conclusion. But both young women will need to think outside the box to wrap up this case—before a cornered killer lashes out with ill will toward them…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alyssa Maxwell has brought us a new team of sleuths, Lady Phoebe Renshaw and her maid, Eva Huntford. Christmas at Foxwood Hall has brought several guests to the hall including the Marquis of Allerton and his family. He has asked Lady Phoebe’s sister, Julia to be his wife. Phoebe happens to hear the argument that ensues when he gets a very unexpected answer. The next morning the Marquis is missing and foul play is suspected. Phoebe enlists Eva’s help when she notices the police go after an easy suspect, not necessarily the right suspect.

In this story we are given fantastic characters to love and fantastic characters to hate.

Inspector Perkins is an incompetent twit.  A man with a small mind who drove me crazy. Thank goodness for Constable Brannock. He was not so sure of the inspector’s findings and was open to listen to other theories. Henry Leighton, Marquess of Allenton, was a really gem, I say that very sarcastically. He has quite a checkered past that visited his present and could be the reason he ended up dead.

I really enjoyed the other characters, both those upstairs and down. Lady Phoebe is strong willed and a great protagonist. Her lady’s maid Eva, treads lightly when necessary but she has the trust of Phoebe and the rest of the family. Phoebe, her sisters, Julia and Amelia and their brother Fox, have been raised by their grandparents, the Earl and Countess of Wroxly. Grams and Grampapa are devoted to these children/young adults and want the very best for them. There are quite a bit of staff, shopkeepers, Eva’s family and the Allenton family as well. A big number of characters to keep straight but the author makes it easy because they all bring important qualities to the story as a whole.

The story itself is created with immense precision and flowed so perfectly. I was surprised at how quickly I reached the end. It has the expected twists and turns but that final one just caught me by total surprise.

The grounds of Foxwood Hall sounded so beautiful all covered in snow. I bet the place is gorgeous in the spring, summer and fall too. The hall seemed to be a complex place with so many rooms and hallways. Plenty of places to hide for a bit a eavesdropping. I would enjoy actually visiting a place like that.

 I have loved this author’s Gilded Newport Mysteries. She takes us back in time so effortlessly. I know it takes so much time for her to research each story, and it clearly shows in her writing. I am so pleased she has traveled across the pond to bring us a new captivating series.

perfect 2016

Dollycas
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About The Author

 Alyssa Maxwell has worked in publishing as an assistant editor and a ghost writer, but knew from an early age that being a novelist was what she wanted most. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of puzzles of all kinds drew her to the mystery genre. She lives in South Florida in the current year, but confesses to spending most of her time in the Victorian, Edwardian, and post WWI eras. In addition to fantasizing about wearing Worth gowns while strolling manor house gardens, she loves to watch BBC and other period productions and sip tea in the afternoons.

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New Release Tuesday – January 2016

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It the first New Release Tuesday of 2016!
I am so excited about all the new books!

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To Helvetica and Back: A Dangerous Type Mystery
Paige Shelton will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday tomorrow.
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Foreign Éclairs: A White House Chef Mystery
Julie Hyzy will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday.
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Kingdom Come: An Elizabeth Harris Mystery
Jane Jensen will be my Special Guest on January 14.
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Daisies For Innocence: An Enchanted Garden Mystery
Bailey Cattrell will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday January 20.

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Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade
I’ll be reviewing for sure this month!
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The Cakes of Monte Cristo: A Piece of Cake Mystery

Jacklyn Brady will be my guest on January 28.
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