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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 5 – Clear My Shelf!

This is the final day of my Blogoversary Celebration. 

Thank you everyone for your support over the years. It has been a delight to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent.

I hope you will continue to come back every day for my reviews and recommendations and to see what mischief my family is getting into. 

Today 1 Winner is going to help me clear some more books off my giveaway shelf to make room for all the great books coming out in 2023.

This giveaway includes:

Death by Spiced Chai by Alex Erickson

Sconed to Death by Lynn Cahoon

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Shot Through The Hearth by Kate Carlisle

The Cakes of Monte Cristo by Jacklyn Brady

Here Comes Santa Paws by Laurien Berenson

In The Drink by Allyson K. Abbott

Knot Ready for Murder by Mary Marks

Three Shots to the Wind by Sherry Harris

Bake Offed by Maya Corrigan

Murder of a Stacked Librarian by Denise Swanson

Five Belles Too Many by Debra H. Goldstein

These books are all Paperback Advance Review Copies.

This giveaway features Paperback Advance Review Copies!

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.
See Follow Me Links Up in the Sidebar.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you SHARE the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive 5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

The contest Will End on January 9, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST
The winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
The Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For the Entry Form

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #1 – 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Alaska, Louisiana, and Indiana!!

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

Escapes Completed


Muffin But the Truth: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Oregon
I will post My Review tomorrow!


Rum and Choke (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Dark and Snowy Night (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Release Date – September 27, 2022
Setting – Massachusetts
I will post My Review on Thursday!


Word to the Wise (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay
Release Date – September 3, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Winter’s End: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Book 4)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Alaska
For Review


A Streetcar Named Murder (New Orleans Mystery)
by T. G. Herren
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Louisianna
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


Dial M for Meow (Bookshop Kitties Mysteries)
by Ruth J. Hartman
Release Date – January 10, 2023
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

January 1 – 7, 2023 


Click Here to check out my Current Giveaways!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 4 @KensingtonBooks

Day #4 Means More Books From Kensington!!

Thanks to the people at Kensington I have a fantastic box
of Historical Mysteries to give away!
I am truly blessed by their support of my blog.

This Giveaway Includes:

MURDER AT MALLOWAN HALL by Colleen Cambridge

OLIVE BRIGHT, PIGEONEER by Stephanie Graves

MURDER AT KENSINGTON PALACE by Andrea Penrose

A LADY COMPROMISED by Darcie Wilde

DEATH DIAMONDS, AND DECEPTION by Rosemary Simpson

A CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER by Heather Redmond

GRAVE EXPECTATIONS by Heather Redmond

MURDER AT THE MENA HOUSE by Erica Ruth Neubauer

A SINISTER SERVICE by Alyssa Maxwell

A SILENT STABBING by Alyssa Maxwell

DEATH COMES TO THE NURSERY by Catherine Lloyd

DEATH COMES TO THE RECTORY by Catherine Llyod

A LADY’S GUIDE TO GOSSIP AND MURDER by Dianne Freeman

Just Click the Links for Book Details.

This giveaway features Historical Mysteries from Kensington!

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.
See Follow Me Links Up in the Sidebar.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Follow Kensington Books on Twitter for 2 Bonus Entries!

Follow Kensington Publishing on Facebook for 2 Bonus Entries!

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you SHARE the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive 5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

The contest Will End on January 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST
The winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
The Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For the Entry Form

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

*Giveaway fulfilled by Kensington Books

 

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 3 – Advanced Review Copies @crookedlanebks @KensingtonBooks

Day #3 Here We Go!

Help me clean my shelf! 

Today I am giving away some gently read Advance Review Copies!

 

This Giveaway Includes

High Spirits (A Haunted Haven Mystery)
by Carol J. Perry

Kill Them with Canvas (A Paint by Murder Mystery)
by Bailee Abbott

Something Fishy This Way Comes (A Whit and Whiskers Mystery)
by Gabby Allan

Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: A Charming and Humorous Cozy Mystery (A Senior Sleuths Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson

A Catered Book Club Murder (A Mystery With Recipes)
by Isis Crawford

Live and Let Grind (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush

A Christmas Candy Killing (A Killer Chocolate Mystery)
by Christina Romeril

Canter with a Killer (Horse Rescue Mystery, A)
by Amber Camp

Just Click the Links for Book Details.

 

This giveaway features Advance Review Copies!

The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.
See Follow Me Links Up in the Sidebar.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you SHARE the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive 5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

The contest Will End on January 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST
The winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
The Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For the Entry Form

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

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Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 1 @KensingtonBooks

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14!

I can’t believe I have been blogging for 14 years. Some days it feels like work but most days it is a lot of fun. I love sharing my thoughts about books with you and what is happening with me and my family. You have always been so supportive. This year an unexpected hospital stay scared the bejesus out of me and kept me off the computer. Training Mr. Dollycas to keep this blog and the book tours going was both stressful and hilarious but he did an awesome job and you supported him as well. He enjoyed filling in and even started his own blog this year. He just needs to decide what he wants to do with it, LOL. He has started reading again, something he hasn’t done since our son passed away. I have invited him to do a guest review here so that may be something new in the future.  

Since I began blogging:

there have been 5736 Posts most of which included a giveaway

You have commented over 43,700 times.

1535 Book Tours since 2013

Over 72,200 Tweets

And Read 2634 Books and Reviewed most of them. 

I love helping you Escape Into A Good Book!

I am excited to see all the places we will literarily travel to in 2023!

My New Year’s Resolution is to remain healthy through 2023 and be here every day as your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent!

Now let’s kick off this Blogoversary Party with a Fantastic Giveaway
Sponsored by the wonderful people at Kensington Cozies!

This giveaway includes:

Meet Isabel Puddles by M.V. Bryne

Mrs. Clause and the Santa Slaying by Liz Ireland

Grand Slam Murder by R.J. Lee

Cold Reading Murder by R.J. Lee

Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

To Coach A Killer by Victoria Laurie

Murder in the Corn Maze by G.A. McKevett

Murder at Mabel’s Motel by G.A. McKevett

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake Murder by Joann Fluke

The Malt in Our Stars by Sarah Fox

An Ale of Two Cities by Sarah Fox

The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams

Death by Chocolate Frosted Donut by Sarah Graves

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Just Click the Links for Book Details.


THE WINNER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS JOANNE W. (CONNECTICUT)

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Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2022 #FreeBook

Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2022

I have read so many great books this year. Many were Perfect Escapes but these 10 books really grabbed my attention and they stuck with me long after I turned the final page. For that reason, they received my Paradise Rating because I thought they deserved more than 5 star – fish. 

Congratulations to these authors and thank you to all the authors that brought me so much joy this year as I escaped into their books! 


Lies of Omission: A Hanneke Bauer Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Level Best Books (November 30, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 168512027X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685120276
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09K4LWGL8

You Can Read My Review Here

 


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
19th in Series
Berkley (January 25, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 368 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593197569
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593197561
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MPWDK78

You Can Read My Review Here

 


The Diva Says Cheesecake! (A Domestic Diva Mystery)
A Delicious Culinary Cozy Mystery with Recipes
Cozy Mystery
15th in Series
Setting – Virginia
Kensington Cozies (May 31, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496732766
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496732767
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09FFXSHP4

You Can Read My Review Here

 


The Recovery Agent: (A Gabriela Rose Novel)
Humorous Fiction/Women Sleuths/Suspense
1st in Series
Setting – Peru – Costa Rica – New York – California – South Carolina
Atria Books (March 22, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982154918
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982154912
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08LDXJC6N

You Can Read My Review Here


Four Aunties and a Wedding
Humorous American Literature
Asian American Literature & Fiction
2nd in Series
Setting – Oxford, England
Berkley (March 29, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593440765
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593440766
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0989C66SZ

You Can Read My Review Here

 


Strong Suspicions: A Sophie Strong Mystery
Historical Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Wisconsin
Lilac Bower Media LLC (September 6, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 334 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1737353318
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1737353317
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09C3YFB7C

You Can Read My Review Here
THIS BOOK IS FREE RIGHT NOW IS FREE ON AMAZON FOR KINDLE!!
CLICK HERE AND GET YOUR COPY NOW!

 


The Ghost and the Stolen Tears (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Rhode Island
Berkley (October 4, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0425255484
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0425255483
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PZV5F9S

You Can Read My Review Here

 


The Vanishing Type: A Charming Bookish Cozy Mystery
(A Secret, Book and Scone Society Novel)

Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Kensington Cozies (April 26, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496726448
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496726445
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09BKB191Y

You Can Read My Review Here


A Dark and Stormy Tea (A Tea Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
24th in Series
Setting – South Carolina
Berkley (August 9, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593200896
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593200896
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09LH6VG4P

You Can Read My Review Here.


Buttercream Betrayal (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Cinnamon & Sugar Press (September 13, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 979-8985360110
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B8BTDZ1H

You Can Read My Reviee Here

What were your favorite books this year?
Please share them in the comment section below so we can all see them and add them to our wish lists!

I am so excited about the books being released in 2023.
There is no way I will be able to read them all.

I have started a list of 2023 Recommendations, they are mostly cozy mysteries.
I will continue to add to the page all year through and announce Future Escapes on My Monday Reading Itinerary posts.

I hope you have enjoyed my reviews, recommendations, and giveaways.
It has been a pleasure to be your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent again this year. I hope we have even more fun in 2023.

Be sure to come back tomorrow when my
Blogoversary Celebration begins!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #52 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Wow, another year coming to a close!
I did reach my reading goal but It felt like the year just flew by!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Oregon, Florida, and Massachusetts!!

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

Escapes Completed


Antique Tragedy (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – December 26, 2022
Setting – England
I will post my Review tomorrow!

I was able to read two books just for fun last week!

Look Alive Twenty-Five: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
These books are always fun to read!


Winter Street (Winter Street)
by Elin Hilderbrand

This was a book I received through PaperbackSwap several years ago. When I recently rearranged my TBR bookshelf, this book was moved to the top of the stacks.
I really enjoyed it but things do not wrap up at the end of the book. This is a 4 book series and now the following 3 books are all over my wishlists.

Scheduled Escapes


Muffin But the Truth: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Oregon
For Review


Rum and Choke (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Dark and Snowy Night (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Release Date – September 27, 2022
Setting – Massachusetts
For Review

I hope to squeeze in a #FlashbackFriday Book too.

Future Escapes

December 25 – 31, 2022


Click Here to check out my Current Giveaways!

Please Share Your Reading Itinerary in the Comments below!
Happy Reading!!

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Saturday Giveaway – Wagging through the Snow (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson #ARC / #Giveaway


Welcome to Saturday Giveaway!
I reviewed this back when it was released and recently found the ARC on my giveaway shelf.


Wagging through the Snow (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
21st in Series
Setting – Connecticut
Kensington (September 26, 2017)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496712981
Kindle ASIN: B01N9NEDRF

 

Melanie Travis needs a little peace from her busy life this Christmas. But the usual holiday hubbub is a joy compared to the killer surprise she finds tucked underneath the tree . . .

With a demanding teaching job at Connecticut’s elite Howard Academy and five poodles scampering around the house, Melanie barely has energy for the upcoming Christmas rush. But she unwraps an unexpected challenge when her brother and ex-husband, elated by the recent success of their country café, make a spontaneous bid on a dilapidated pine tree farm. Although the ten-acre lot had been a popular seasonal destination while the original owner was still alive, it’ll take some sprucing up—and a small miracle or two—before the neglected place is in shape for December.

Unfortunately, the impromptu business venture goes cold when the group discovers a purebred Maltese whimpering in the snow-covered grove—right beside a dead body. Pete, a squatter who camped out on the land, apparently met his end after a fallen fir tree branch knocked him on the head. But as Melanie and Aunt Peg investigate Pete’s history and the terrible habit that cost him everything, it’s clear his death was no accident. Now, Melanie must run through a flurry of likely suspects and muzzle a dogged murderer in time—or she’ll be next on someone’s deadly list.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Look at the cute little face on the cover. I want one! but am restraining myself because my two canine companions would not like another dog in our house. At 14 years old, they are pretty set in their ways.

Melanie Travis is counting down the days until the holiday break at Howard Academy while taking care of the usual Christmas things at home. When her brother announces he has brought a Christmas tree farm without consulting his partner, Melanie’s ex husband, she is very surprised. Even more surprising in that her brother wants her to inform her ex about this “great deal”.  The extended family all gathers to check out the place and discovers it needs a bit of work to open in time for the Christmas shoppers but together they think they can handle it. That is until they find a dead man in the woods. They also find a cute little dog by his side. The police rule it an accidental death but Melanie and Aunt Peg aren’t sure that is the case. They start their own investigation and find their aren’t too many people sad that the man is dead. Their suspect list seems to grow as each day passes until the killer turns their sights on Melanie, she stuck her nose into something that was not her business and she may be the next cold body her family finds.

This is a doggone great story especially if you love dogs like I do. Melanie and her husband, Sam have enough dogs in their house to form a doggie basketball team. They also have two sons, Davey and Kevin, so to say life at their house is busy is a huge understatement, but she still finds time to help her brother and tag along with her Aunt Peg at a moment’s notice.  She is also close to her ex, Davey’s dad, and his new wife. I am always amazed at their organizational skills and patience as they juggle all these balls in the air. The character development is outstanding. The characters are real and so engaging. A strong blended family portrayal like this is heartwarming.

The mystery this time deals with a homeless man and his alcoholism that has driven almost all of his friends and family away. The plot leads us back in time to see how his life progressed until he was found dead. Melanie’s compassion shines as she tries to find answers and justice for a man she never met. While the story handles serious issues it is also full of laugh out loud moments. Ms. Bererson manages to merge everything together masterfully.

This series has been going strong for several years but don’t let that stop you from jumping in with this holiday story. Each mystery is contained to its book and the author gives you enough character information to never feel lost. I can’t promise that you won’t want to read previous installments though after reading this one. In fact I would be surprised if you didn’t. It is a terrific series.

Wagging Through the Snow is a perfect escape and the perfect holiday gift for any dog lover on your list. Don’t wait for the snow to fly before you get your copy!

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About This Author

Laurien Berenson is an Agatha and Macavity Nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and four time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She and her husband live on a farm in Kentucky surrounded by dogs and horses.

Find out more about her and her books on her webpage here. Find her on Facebook here and on Twitter here.


I am giving away my ARC Copy!
The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old
with a US mailing address.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Liking My Facebook Fan Page.

Add this book to your WANT TO READ shelf on GoodReads for 3 Bonus Entries.

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you publicize the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive
5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

The contest Will End on January 7, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST
The winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
The winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For the Entry Form

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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Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SarahGraves2011


Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington Cozies (March 29, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1496729226
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1496729224
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B098KPSC5N

In the quaint island village of Eastport, Maine, Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and Ellie White run the Chocolate Moose bakery, where delicious treats take the spotlight—but murder sometimes gets a walk-on role . . .

Jake and Ellie are taking a break from perfecting their chocolate pizza recipe to cater a housewarming party hosted by movie icon Ingrid Merryfield. Miss Merryfield is famous for her old-Hollywood glamour. Her new home, Cliff House, has a reputation too—for being haunted. But she isn’t concerned, and some of her guests even try to summon a spirit during the party, using an Ouija board. What arrives instead is a freak autumn storm that downs an ancient tree, trapping everyone on the property and setting the stage for a killer’s planned spree.

Though Jake and Ellie don’t intend to get stirred into the mix, there’s no avoiding it—especially when they witness one of the guests being shoved over the very precipice that gave Cliff House its forbidding name.

Jake and Ellie begin sifting through suspects and motives, a search that takes them from a long-lost family graveyard to a wise old herbalist’s deceptively-sweet cottage and finally to Cliff House’s overgrown gardens. Is there some ghostly presence involved—or a flesh-and-blood villain? And either way, can they ensure that they avoid meeting their very own, very permanent Hollywood ending?

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Movie icon Ingrid Merryfield has come to Eastport, Maine and her first stop is the Chocolate Moose Bakery. Jacobia “Jake” Tiptree and Ellie White are a little starstruck and surprised when the actress says she has come “home” to Eastport and purchased Cliff House, a house known for being haunted. She asks Jake and Ellie to cater the desserts for her upcoming party and will pay them handsomely to stay overnight to cater to the guests food needs as requested. Needing money to keep the bakery open they just can’t refuse.

The party starts off okay but soon the Ouija board is pulled out to try to lure some ghosts. The only thing that they seem to conjure up is a terrific storm that brings down a huge tree that blocks the only exit by road from the property leaving Ellie, Jake, Bella, and Mika trapped. Soon thereafter bodies start dropping like flies. One, off the cliff, another in the basement, and more to come. Ellie and Jake want out and go to great lengths to try to do that as soon as they realize there is a killer in their midst or a very angry ghost.


Jake and Ellie find themselves in trouble again and have taken Bella and Mika along for the ride. Mika’s husband Sam tries to help and even Jake’s dad gets in on the action. We see the supporting characters differently in this story. Everyone played an exciting role and I loved that. A surprising new character stole my heart and attention immediately. Igor, an Irish Wolfhound found himself in danger too and it made my heart skip a beat during a very tense scene.

This story unfolds at breakneck speed so readers have to hold on tight.  Jake and Ellie took a lot of risks to free their family and friends from the Cliff House property. The killer was not their only worry. They had to battle a horrendous storm, high tides and big waves, earthquakes, falling trees, missing ladders, and more. They traveled through tunnels, spooky rooms, and hallways at Cliff House trying to find answers. They were in constant motion the entire story. I was exhausted for them and with them by the time I turned the final page.

Ms. Graves plotted out a whirlwind mystery and kept the pedal to the metal from start to finish. I was so caught up in the story I didn’t really form my own list of suspects and the actual reveal of the killer was a bit of a surprise. The pieces start to fall into place for me later in the book. This plot really kept me on my toes.

Ms. Graves took her characters on quite an adventure in Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake and in turn her readers. I really enjoyed this book a lot.

I am excited about the upcoming Death by Chocolate Marshmallow Pie set to hit shelves on April 25, 2023. I think both the characters and myself need a little time to catch our breath before we can handle whatever Ms. Sarah Graves dreams up next. We will all be ready by April.

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

About the Author

Sarah Graves lives in Eastport, Maine, in a 200-year-old house much like Jake Tiptree’s. After 20 years of home repair – and yes, it really does make you think about murder! – she has handed in her toolbox and returned to her first love: chocolate. When she’s not cooking or baking something delectable, or writing about it, she tends a huge garden or shovels snow, depending upon the season.

Coming April 25, 2023

Also by Sarah Graves

I am giving away 1 Print ARC copy!
The contest is open to anyone over 18 years old.

Duplicate entries will be deleted. Void where prohibited.

You do not have to be a follower to enter but I hope you will find
something you like here and become a follower.

Followers Will Receive 2 Bonus Entries For Each Way They Follow.
Plus 2 Bonus Entries For Following My Facebook Fan Page.

Add this book to your WANT TO READ shelf on GoodReads
for 3 Bonus Entries.

Follow Kensington Books on Twitter for 2 Bonus Entries!

Follow Kensington Publishing on Facebook for 2 Bonus Entries!

Pin this giveaway to Pinterest for 3 Bonus Entries.

If you share the giveaway on Twitter or Facebook or anywhere you will receive 5 Bonus Entries For Each Link.

The contest Will End on January 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM CST
The winner Will Be Chosen By Random.org
The Winner Will Be Notified By Email
and Will Be Posted Here In The Sidebar.

Click Here For The Entry Form

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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #51 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to England!!

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

Escapes Completed


Once Upon a December
by Amy E. Reichert
Release Date – October 4, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Roast Date (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – December 20, 2022
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery)
by Sarah Graves
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Maine
My Review will be up Thursday!


The Santa Suit: A Novel
by Mary Kay Andrews
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Antique Tragedy (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – December 26, 2022
Setting – England
For Review

As we near the holidays and my blogoversary I am just going to grab a book or two to read for fun with no pressure to review.

Future Escapes

December 18 – 24, 2022


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