Sep 092019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I have a busy week ahead!

I will be visiting England, Montana, Massachusetts, and Minnesota!

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

Escapes Completed


A Curio Killing (A Keepsake Cove Mystery)
by Mary Ellen Hughes
Release Date – September 8m 2019
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The House on Hallowed Ground (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – California
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday when the Great Escapes Tour stops here.


Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery
by Allison Brook
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Two to Mango (The Tiki Goddess Mystery Series)
by Jill Marie Landis
Release Date – June 20, 2019
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Vanished Bride (Brontë Sisters Mystery)
by Bella Ellis
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Yorkshire, England
For Review


Last Pen Standing (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy
Release Date – September 24, 2019
Setting – Montana


Judge Thee Not (Quaker Midwife Mysteries)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – September 10, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts


A Night’s Tail (Magical Cats)
by Sofie Kelly
Release Date – September 3, 2019
Setting – Minnesota

Future Escapes

September 9 – 15, 2019


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Sep 022019
 

Mulberry Mischief
(A Berry Basket Mystery)
by Sharon Farrow


I am so excited to welcome Sharon Farrow today!

Hi Sharon, 

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sharon Farrow is my latest pen name. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I’ve been a freelance writer since my twenties. My first novel was an award winning historical romantic suspense called Stolen Hearts, released in 1998. Under the names Sharon Pisacreta and Cynthia Kirk, I’ve been published in romance, fantasy, and mystery. I currently write the Berry Basket mysteries as Sharon Farrow, but also co-author the Agatha nominated Henry Higgins & Eliza Doolittle mystery series as D.E. Ireland. And I’m sure there are more pen names in my future.

In addition to writing, I’ve worked as a college history instructor, art gallery assistant, archaeologist, and owner of an office services company. Although I’ve lived in Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey, I’m happy to be back in my home state, specifically the beautiful coastline of Lake Michigan. My reading and viewing pleasures span everything from Louise Penney’s Inspector Gamache novels to all of the Real Housewives shows on Bravo. But I’m presently in withdrawal now that Game of Thrones has ended.

What are three things most people dont know about you?

  1. I have a graduate degree in archaeology and was an excavation team member on several archaeological sites, including a Roman fort in Britain and a National Parks Service project on Ellis Island.
  2. In ninth grade I was kicked off the school band for being too much of an extrovert/class clown.
  3. I danced onstage at the local mall while wearing a cat costume (including a giant cat’s head). The nonprofit I worked for periodically required employees to don animal costumes and perform at drug prevention programs for children. It’s too complicated to explain why we had to wear costumes (it involved puppets), but take my word for it when I say those costumes raised your body temperature quickly. If you didn’t take them off after thirty minutes, you were at risk of passing out.

What is the first book you remember reading?

The Little Bear books. And how I loved those Maurice Sendak illustrations!

What are you reading now?

Glass Houses by Louise Penny, The Tudors by G.J. Meyer, and The Ladies Who Punch by Ramin Setoodeh. I enjoy reading more than one book at a time, usually in different genres.

What books have most inspired you?

The Razors Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. The Diaries of Anais Nin. Above all, Ray Bradbury’s short stores and Dandelion Wine showed me that a prose writer could also be a poet. I only wish I could have met Bradbury because I wanted to thank him. He is one of the reasons I became a writer.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

Trixie Belden. My mother gave me the first Trixie Belden mystery when I was 11. After that, I got hooked not only on Trixie Belden, but mystery novels. Thank you, Trixie.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

A leather club chair and ottoman by my living room window. I settle in with my laptop, often with a cup of tea placed on a small table beside me. In addition, I have several bird feeders in front of the window so I always hear birdsong and chatter while I’m typing. And in the winter, cedar waxwings stop by to eat the berries on my holly bushes right below the window. Sometimes the birds peek in and catch me watching them. If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m a devoted bird watcher.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

Everywhere…literally. From chance comments I overhear, breaking news stories, my own life experiences, dreams, magazine articles, movies, etc. The inspiration for my first published novel resulted from a viewing of The Fugitive with Harrison Ford. I thought “what if I tweaked this story, set it in 1893 Colorado, and made the fugitive a woman?” It landed me my first publishing contract. And a biography of Natalie Wood gave me an idea for a plot point in my latest Berry Basket mystery, Mulberry Mischief.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The first draft and all those blank pages. I love to revise, but looking at a blank screen every day while under deadline never gets easier.

What do you think makes a good story?

Pacing, emotion, interesting characters, humor, and being able to deftly tie up every loose end.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you?

My heroine, Marlee Jacob, is partly a reflection of myself: caring, inquisitive, hard working, sometimes sarcastic, and willing to break the rules. In addition Marlee lived for several years in New York City, as I did.  I even made her half Italian in a nod to my own ancestry.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre?

Although there are other cozies that take place in west Michigan, what differentiates us is our own particular voice. I also set my series in my fictional version of Saugatuck and South Haven, two coastal towns I love. I moved to this area soon after my father died. His long illness was a painful time for my family. The villages along the Lake Michigan shore served as a balm; solace after those difficult years. I wrote the series to show my thanks and appreciation to this region.

Whats next on the horizon for you?

I’m in the middle of writing the fifth Berry Basket mystery, Hollyberry Homicide, which should be out in 2020. I also co-author the Henry Higgins & Eliza Doolittle mysteries with Meg Mims. We hope to start work on the next installment in that series after the first of the year.

Thank you, Sharon, for visiting today! 

About the Book

Mulberry Mischief (A Berry Basket Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722612
ISBN-13: 978-1496722614
Kindle ASIN: B07L2FVR11

Autumn has arrived on the shores of Lake Michigan, but Marlee Jacob, proprietor of The Berry Basket, is feeling a chill for other reasons …

With the Harvest Health Fair in full swing, Marlee makes sure to stock up on elderberry products for cold and flu season. But this year there’s also a run on mulberry when an eccentric customer wants to use the dried berries to ward off evil forces. True, it’s almost Halloween, but something else seems to be spooking Leticia the Lake Lady, Oriole Point’s oddest resident. She believes someone plans to kill her—and the ghost. Only mulberries can protect them. Marlee doesn’t take her fears seriously until a man named Felix Bonaventure arrives in the village, asking questions about a mysterious woman.

The next day, Marlee finds Bonaventure dead on Leticia’s property—shot through the heart with an arrow made of mulberry wood. And Leticia has disappeared. Marlee soon learns the Lake Lady has a deadly past that is connected to the famous Sable family who are in town for the health fair. A bunch of clues start to come together—and figuring out what’s going on puts Marlee in a real jam …

Includes Berry Recipes!

Praise for Mulberry Mischief
(A Berry Basket Mystery)
by Sharon Farrow

Mulberry Mischief is everything delightful that you want in a cozy mystery. Quaint small town, intriguing & layered characters, solid & diverse friendships, and a smart plot that unravels at the perfect pace.
~Reading Is My SuperPower

I loved how many of the residents of the town were volunteering at a health fair and were in costume since the event was close to Halloween . . . This series gets better with each book and we give this one 5 paws up.
~Storeybook Reviews

Mulberry Mischief is an upbeat cozy mystery with Halloween hijinks, a frisky feline, mulberry mania, a costumed killer, and a booming bell.
~The Avid Reader

The characters are well developed. The secondary cast supports Marlee very well. I love the rapport she has with her friends. I, also, enjoy her budding romance explored.
~Socrates’ Book Reviews…

What a fantastic cozy!!
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Mulberry Mischief is another great entry in a fantastic series. The characters, the plotline, the mystery, and the everyday events make this a very enjoyable read.
~Curling Up By The Fire

MULBERRY MISCHIEF is a heart pounding adventure with plenty of tricks and the ultimate treat of watching the Oriole Point gang band together once more.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

About Sharon Farrow

Sharon Farrow is the latest pen name of award-winning author Sharon Pisacreta. A freelance writer since her twenties, she has been published in mystery, fantasy, and romance. Sharon currently writes The Berry Basket cozy mystery series for Kensington. The series debuted in 2016 and is set along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline where she now lives. She is also one half of the writing team D.E. Ireland, who co-author the Agatha nominated Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins mysteries.

Author Links – 

WEB PAGE           http://sharonfarrowauthor.com/

FACEBOOK         @SharonFarrowAuthor

TWITTER             @SharonFarrowBB

BOOKBUB          @SharonFarrow

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August 26 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
August 26 – I Read what You Write – SPOTLIGHT
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August 28 – Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
August 28 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – GUEST POST
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September 1 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 1 – LibriAmoriMiei – REVIEW
September 2 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW
September 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
September 3 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
September 4 – Baroness’ Book Trove – REVIEW
September 4 – A Wytch’s Book Review Blog – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
September 5 – Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder – REVIEW, RECIPE
September 5 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
September 6 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW
September 6 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – SPOTLIGHT
September 7 – Teresa Watson’s Blog – REVIEW
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Aug 292019
 

Crypt Suzette
(A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
by Maya Corrigan

About Crypt Suzette


Crypt Suzette (A Five-Ingredient Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722426
ISBN-13: 978-1496722423
Digital ASIN: B07L2GDD8H

Val Deniston is catering the debut of Bayport’s newest bookstore—but the death of a customer is about to draw her into a real-life murder mystery …

Suzette Cripps has been occupying a spare bedroom at Val’s granddad’s house while she takes classes in this Maryland Eastern Shore town—but she’s always seemed a little secretive and fearful, and any talk about her past is a closed book.

After winning the costume contest at the Halloween-themed bookstore party, Suzette is mowed down by a hit-and-run driver—and Val and her grandfather start to wonder whether it was really an accident or if someone was after Suzette. Granddad is a little distracted by his new enterprise as a ghost-buster, but as Val talks to Suzette’s coworkers and fellow creative writing students, she grows more convinced that the dead woman’s demons weren’t imaginary—and that she needs to rip the mask off a killer …

Includes delicious five-ingredient recipes!

 From The Codger Cook’s Recipes

CRÊPES

You can’t make crêpes Suzette with just five ingredients, but you can use two recipes with five ingredients each. The first step is to make the crêpes. You can serve them as is with sweet or savory fillings or toppings, or you can proceed to the next recipe to make the orange sauce for crêpes Suzette.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 11⁄2 cups milk
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oil for the pan plus additional oil as needed

Whisk the eggs, milk, and salt until well mixed.

Slowly whisk in the flour.

Note: You can cook the crêpes immediately, but refrigerating the batter for 20 minutes will smooth out any lumps or bubbles. Letting the batter rest makes it less likely the crêpe will tear in the pan. The batter can keep for a day or two.

Heat a 10-inch skillet or crêpe pan at a medium setting. To keep crêpes from sticking, do not put the oil or batter in until a few drops of water sizzle in the pan and disappear in 2 seconds.

Add enough oil to cover the bottom of the heated pan. Pour a scant 1⁄4 cup of batter into the pan and tilt it so the batter spreads into a thin circle coating the bottom. Cook at medium heat until the edges turn light brown and the center of the crêpe has hardened past a liquid stage. Gently loosen the crêpe with a spatula and flip it. Cook for another minute and transfer it to a large plate or platter, where the crêpe can lie flat.

Repeat the preceding step, stacking the cooked crêpes on the plate, until the batter is gone. Add a small amount of additional oil after every other crêpe to keep the batter from sticking.

Yield: 10–12 eight-inch crêpes

ORANGE BUTTER SAUCE FOR CRÊPES SUZETTE

  • 10–12 crêpes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1⁄4 cup sugar
  • 1 orange for 1 tablespoon grated orange zest and 1⁄3 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4 cup Grand Marnier, Cointreau, or other orange liqueur [optional]

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until it foams. Stir in the sugar, orange juice, and liqueur. Simmer on low heat until the sauce thickens a little and looks syrupy. Remove the skillet from the heat.

With tongs, add a crêpe to the pan, coat both sides in the syrup, and fold it into quarters or roll it into a flattened cylinder. Put it on a warm plate.

Repeat the previous step for each crêpe.

Serve crêpes as is or with ice cream for dessert.

Yield: 10–12 eight-inch crêpes

 

About Maya Corrigan

Maya Corrigan blends her love of food and detective stories in her Five-Ingredient Mystery series set in a fictional historic town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The first book in the series, By Cook or by Crook, was published in 2014. 

Before taking up a life of crime (on the page), she taught university courses in writing, detective fiction, American literature, and drama. She won the 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Unpublished Mainstream Mystery / Suspense. Her short stories, written under the name of Mary Ann Corrigan, have been published in anthologies.

When not reading and writing, she enjoys theater, tennis, trivia, cooking, and crosswords. Her website features trivia about food and mysteries.

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Aug 272019
 


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Kensington (August 27, 2019)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 1496711912
ISBN-13: 978-1496711915
Kindle ASIN: B07L2FNKSJ

When a firecracker becomes a murder weapon, Emily Westhill pursues a killer with a short fuse …

It is a truth universally acknowledged—cops and donuts go together. Exhibit A: Deputy Donut Café, owned and operated by detective’s widow Emily Westhill and her father-in-law, the retired police chief of Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. Named after Emily’s adored and adorable tabby, the donut shop is a favorite among cops, firemen, and EMTs, as well as tourists and townspeople. So when Fallingbrook needs donuts for their Fourth of July picnic, Emily’s shop gets deputized.

But a twisted killer has found another use for Emily’s treats. At the picnic, a firecracker is hidden in a stack of raspberry-filled donuts and aimed at the unwitting queen of the festivities. When it explodes, she is killed. Having her jelly donuts involved puts Emily in a sticky situation, and when a shady shutterbug tries to frame her with incriminating photos, she finds herself in quite a jam. To preserve her freedom and her shop’s reputation, Emily needs to solve this case—before the fuse-lighting felon goes off again …

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Independence Day means, parades, carnivals, fireworks, and food! In Fallingbrook, Wisconsin, the food means donuts from the Deputy Donut Café owned by Emily Westhill and her father-in-law and retired police chief Tom. Emily also drove the Deputy Donut Café’s delivery vehicle, a vintage police car with a donut on top in the parade carrying part of the day’s Royal Court.

After they close the café for the day Emily bakes up a batch of donuts to share with her friends while they watch the fireworks. Her friends are on duty as EMTs, firefighters, or police, but they throw out a blanket by their vehicles to relax and enjoy the show.

Then Emily notices a flame by a nearby couple, she rushes forward but it too late. The flame was on a fuse of a firecracker hidden inside of tower of Deputy Donut donuts. The firecracker goes off and was aimed right at the queen of the festivities and she is killed.

Chaos breaks out but Emily’s friends are immediately on the scene. Things get sticky when a photographer tells Emily he has pictures of her lighting the fuse. She knows that is impossible but knows she needs to be proactive and solve the crime to clear her name. Fireworks are really going to fly when she catches that killer!

I devoured this book! Seriously it is impossible to have too many donuts and with these fabulous characters and excellent mystery, I just couldn’t get enough.

Former 911 dispatcher Emily lost her police officer husband when he was killed while out on a call. She had to quit her job and opening Deputy Donut Café was just what she needed. Her father-in-law is a perfect business partner and best of all her cat Dep can go to work with her every day because the shop office is a place set up just for him. Dep is a special cat and he has completely stolen my heart.

Emily is surrounded by a great group of friends and loyal customers. Emily has hired a new employee and Jocelyn has fitted right in. All the characters are engaging and have a purpose. They also continue to evolve nicely as the series continues. Emily’s family added a few pins and needles throughout the story too.

A death that takes place with a park full of people is a tough solve. Seriously there could be hundreds of suspects. Someone with a score to settle with the victim or someone who just wanted to cause trouble. Thankfully, it was soon clear the queen was targeted by someone she knew which brought the suspects down to a reasonable number. The author has filled this story with some great twists and turns and Brent was open to Emily’s help. I was happy to follow their lead.

The ending of this story was so exciting and fantastically written. Ms. Bolton’s words takes readers right there, on the scene, like a fly on Emily’s shoulder. Living in Wisconsin I knew immediately the kind of place the series of events was playing out. It was totally realistic and riveting to read. Like in Goodbye Cruller World, I was on the edge of my seat as the drama played out.

This was an excellent story! A marvelous addition to this series! So much so it will have a place on my Best Reads of 2019. I am craving the next book in this series already!

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About the Author

Ginger Bolton writes the Deputy Donut mystery series–cops, crime, coffee, donuts, and one curious cat. When Ginger isn’t writing or reading, she’s crocheting, knitting, sewing, walking her two rescue dogs and generally causing trouble. She’s also fond of donuts, coffee, and cafes where folks gather to enjoy those tasty treats and one another’s company.

Author Links

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Aug 262019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New York, Norway, and Tennessee!

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

Escapes Completed


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book)
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Virginia
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)
by A. M. Stuart
Release Date – August 6, 2019
Setting – Singapore
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


Meet Your Baker: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 30, 2014
Setting – Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Fiddling with Fate (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – September 8, 2019
Setting – Norway


Bark If It’s Murder (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Tennessee
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

Books Being Released – August 26 – September 1, 2019


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Aug 192019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting home in Wisconsin, then to Virginia, and then off to Singapore!

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

Escapes Completed


Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – April 8, 2019
Setting – Massachusettes
My Review will be up tomorrow!


And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Upper Michigan
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!


One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Idaho
My Review will be up on Thursday! 


A Very Merry Murder (A Professor Prather Mystery)
by Mary Angela
Release Date – October 1, 2018
Setting – South Dakota
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Jealousy Filled Donuts (A Deputy Donut Mystery)
by Ginger Bolton
Release Date – August 27, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
For Review


Apples and Alibis (A Down South Cafe Mystery Book)
by Gayle Leeson
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Virginia
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)
by A. M. Stuart
Release Date – August 6, 2019
Setting – Singapore
For Review

Future Escapes

Release Dates – August 19 – 25, 2019


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Aug 142019
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am thrilled today to feature Needled to Death
by Wisconsin Author Annelise Ryan!

Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Kensington (July 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719433
ISBN-13: 978-1496719430
Kindle ASIN: B07K5Y2PCS

As a colleague of deputy coroner Mattie Winston, social worker Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider is no stranger to unsolved murders at Sorenson General Hospital. Except this time, it’s up to her to crack the case . . .

Motivated by her own difficult past, Hildy has an unparalleled commitment to supporting troubled clients through grief and addiction in Sorenson, Wisconsin. But when a distraught group therapy member reveals disturbing details about her late son’s potential murder, Hildy goes from dedicated mental health professional to in-over-her-head amateur sleuth . . .

Alongside her loyal therapy Golden Retriever, Hildy stumbles through incriminating clues—and an unlikely partnership with Detective Bob Richmond, the irresistibly headstrong cop who shares her passion for helping others. With signs of foul play surfacing all over town, can Hildy and Detective Richmond pinpoint the deadly traits of a sharp-witted killer before another seat gets filled at grief therapy?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Still dealing with my own grief for a loved one I was a little nervous about reading this book but I really wanted to support the author from my home state. An author whose own books have brightened some of my dark days I decided to push ahead knowing that if it got to be too much I could always stop. I am so glad I started reading because a few uncomfortable moments at the beginning of the story were clearly outweighed by the rest of the story. 

Clothilde “Hildy” Schneider works as a social worker at the Sorenson General Hospital. She also leads a grief and addiction support group at the hospital.  It is there she meets Sharon Cochran, a mom who lost her son to what the police have ruled a suicide. Sharon doesn’t believe her son took his own life and she begs Hildy and the support group to help her prove it. She feels her son was murdered and no one is paying attention.

First, Hildy checks in with the Medical Examiner’s office and finds some inconsistencies.  She then visits Sharon’s home and finds some interesting drawings and the young man’s computer. Armed with both she confronts Detective Bob Richmond in hopes he will share information and reopen the case. He realizes she may be onto something and agrees to work with her to find out what really happened to Toby Cochran.

I immediately liked Hildy and her open heart. She has great instincts and she doesn’t back down. She also has a wonderful golden retriever named Roscoe, who works as a comfort animal when needed. We also meet Hildy’s neighbor P.J., a very adult 11-year-old who walks Roscoe several times a day and even gives Hildy relationship advice and fashion tips. The author also sets up a prospective love triangle with Hildy, Detective Richmond, and evidence technician Jonas Kriedeman. Jonas is raising his 7-year-old daughter on his own. She is also very smart and independent for her young age.

But I really identified with Sharon Cochran. I could feel her pain. No matter how your child died the grief is with you the rest of your life. Life is never normal again. Ms. Ryan portrayed that very well in this character.

All the recurring characters are complex and I am excited to see them evolve as this series continues. Deputy Coroner Mattie Winston from the author’s other series does make a cameo appearance but this series stands completely on its own.

I really enjoyed the way Bob and Hildy worked together and the premise of this series means it is not just a one-time thing. This murder investigation was not an easy solve and had some truly surprising moments that had me holding my breath. My focus was in the right ballpark but I struck out putting everything together until it was clearly spelled out for me.

The icing on the cake was that this series takes place in my home state not too far from where I live. I loved recognizing all the landmarks as we followed along with Hildy and Bob as they chased down clues.

The Helping Hands Mystery series is off to a champion start! Needled to Death was a Perfect Escape and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

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About the Author

Annelise Ryan is the pseudonym for the author of the Mattie Winston Mysteries and the Mac’s Bar Mysteries (written as Allyson K. Abbott). She has written more than 200 published articles, worked as a book reviewer for Barnes & Noble, and is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers.

Needled to Death is her first book in a new mystery series, A Helping Hands Mystery, featuring a social worker at the Sorenson Hospital who solves mysteries.

Annelise currently works as a registered nurse in an ER. She can be reached at www.mattiewinston.com. Her books have garnered numerous accolades, most recently she has been honored by the Wisconsin Library Association as a Wisconsin.

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Aug 122019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Massachusetts, Michigan, and Idaho!

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

Escapes Completed

Thin Ice: A Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – Alaska
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire
My Review will be up on Thursday!


Snoop to Nuts (Nut House Mystery Series)
by Elizabeth Lee
Release Date – January 6, 2015
Setting – Texas
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Charity’s Burden (A Quaker Midwife Mystery)
by Edith Maxwell
Release Date – April 8, 2019
Setting – Massachusettes
For Review


And Then They Were Doomed: A Little Library Mystery
by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – Upper Michigan
Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!


One Potato, Two Potato, Dead (A Farm-to-Fork Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – March 19, 2019
Setting – Idaho
For Review

Future Escapes

Books Released August 12 – 18, 2019


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Aug 052019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Alaska, home to Wisconsin, then off to New Hampshire!

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

Escapes Completed


Risky Biscuits (A Sugar & Spice Mystery)
by Mary Lee Ashford
Release Date – July 9, 2019
Setting – Iowa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Death in a Budapest Butterfly (A HUNGARIAN TEA HOUSE MYSTERY)
by Julia Buckley
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Illinois
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Time for Murder is Meow (A Purr N Bark Pet Shop Mystery)
by T. C. LoTempio
New Series
Release Date – August 8, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Under My Skin
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – October 2, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!
This book completes my Alphabet Soup Title Challenge and
leaves me with just 2 more letters on my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition!

Scheduled Escapes

Thin Ice: A Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 3, 2019
Setting – Alaska
Early Review


Needled to Death (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
New Series
Release Date – July 30, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin


A Killer Edition (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Release Date – August 13, 2019
Setting – New Hampshire

Future Escapes

August 5 – August 11, 2019


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Jul 312019
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to feature Let’s Fake A Deal today by Sherry Harris! 


Let’s Fake a Deal (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
Kensington (July 30, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716981
ISBN-13: 978-1496716989
Kindle ASIN: B07K5ZMBZB

SHE’S GOT THE GOODS . . .
As a former military spouse, Sarah Winston’s learned a little about organizing, packing, and moving. Her latest project sounds promising: a couple of tech-industry hipsters, newly arrived in her Massachusetts town, who need to downsize. Unfortunately, when Sarah tries to sell their stuff, she discovers it’s all stolen—and she’s the unwitting fence.

BUT SARAH’S PROBLEMS ARE JUST BEGINNING
Michelle, an old friend of Sarah’s from the Air Force base, is in line for a promotion—but not everyone is happy about it, and she’s been hit with an anonymous discrimination complaint. When one of the men she suspects is behind the accusations turns up dead in Michelle’s car, Sarah needs to clear Michelle’s name—as well as her own for selling hot merchandise. And she’ll have to do it while also organizing a cat lady’s gigantic collection of feline memorabilia, or they’ll be making room for Sarah in a jail cell . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Sarah Winston barely opens a garage sale for a couple wanting to downsize when the police show up. The couple is nowhere to be found and everything she was trying to sell for them appears to be stolen. Before she knows it she is on the ground and under arrest. As she tries to find the couple that set her up she is also trying to clear her friend Michelle from murder charges. Michelle was up for a promotion with the Air Force when someone files a complaint against her. One of the men she had pegged for the discrimination report turns up dead in HER car! Sarah is also working on a fabulous feline garage sale too. That is if she stays out of jail long enough for the Cat-tastic Garage Sale to take place.

Hold on tight, Sherry Harris has twisted together a terrific mystery that is impossible to put down!

The first scene grabbed my attention with a premise I never would have thought of and turns Sarah’s business inside out. Then we move to Michelle’s issue which is too prevalent in the military today sans the murder of course. This author doesn’t shy away from hot topics. She gives a wonderful fictional spin that makes her readers aware and informed.

These characters stole my heart back in the first book Tagged for Death and they continue to impress me book after book. Sarah continues to grow after her divorce while trying to start her new relationship with Seth. Sarah does have a huge heart and is very trusting, which was a big flaw this time. Small towns just aren’t what they used to be anymore.

I love the way recurring characters pop up even in small ways in each story. Whenever Mike “Big Cheese” Titone appears on the scene it always makes me smile. He is not your typical mobster when Sarah is involved. The dialogues between all the characters are excellent and laced with the perfect amount of humor.

This mystery is carefully plotted and develops in a surprising way. Ms. Harris faked me out more than once. Every twist and turn had my mind spinning. I was in the dark right up to the fantastic final reveal and perfectly delighted to be so.

This is a brilliant addition to this series. It is my new favorite! In fact, it will be the next book on my Bests Reads list for 2019! I absolutely loved it from beginning to end!

I do want to say each book can be read all on its own, but Sarah Winston is an extraordinary protagonist and to truly understand her and where she is in her life now I recommend reading all the books in order. 

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About the Author

Agatha Award-nominated author, Sherry Harris, started bargain hunting in second grade at her best friend’s yard sale. She honed her bartering skills as she moved around the country while her husband served in the Air Force. Sherry uses her love of garage sales, her life as a military spouse, and her time living in Massachusetts as inspiration for the Sarah Winston Garage Sale series.

Find out more about Sherry on her webpage here.


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