Jan 222019
 

Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton

About the Book 


Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Arizona
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496719883
ISBN-13: 978-1496719881
Digital ASIN: B07C9WK1J8

Bowled over . . .

Sophie “Phee” Kimball is getting dragged into the drama again at her mom’s Arizona retirement community. A new board member wants to get rid of two golf courses and replace them with eco-friendly parks, and some of the residents are pretty teed off about it. On top of that, her mother’s book club friend Myrna is being pushed out of the bocce league. These seniors are serious about winning, and Myrna’s dragging them down. She’s so bad at bocce, in fact, that when a community mem.ber’s dead body is discovered while Myrna’s practicing for a tournament, she assumes it was one of her own errant balls that killed the woman.

But before Myrna can be tossed off the bocce court and into criminal court, the police find an arrow in the victim’s neck. It looks like this was no accident—and Phee and her investigator boyfriend Marshall will have to team up to bounce a killer into the slammer . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There is never a dull moment at the Sun City West Retirement Community and Sophie “Phee” Kimball always get dawn into the fun and games by her mother, Harriet. This time a board member has the bright idea to turn to golf courses into eco-friendly parks. Most of the residents are up in arms. There is also a big bocce ball tournament coming up and one of the members of the Sun City West team is performing up to par and some member want her out. These two things collide when the board member is found dead and misthrown bocce ball is found nearby sending the group into quite a tizzy.  When the police arrive they find the real cause of death, and they call it murder. It doesn’t take long before Phee and Marshall, her investigator boyfriend, are fully involved in the investigation. Marshall helping the police, Phee on every wild goose chase her mother sends her on.

This series just gets better and better. This time Phee is roped into a group made up of the women from her mother’s book club and a group of men who are dead set against board member, Sorrel Harlan’s plan to get rid of two golf courses. Together they make plans to attend the board meeting and to try to convince the board to vote “no”. When the woman is found dead the group continues to meet to be sure the golf courses stay in tact and to “help” Phee catch the killer.

Harriet is a loving but very pushy woman. Phee has learned to just do as her mother asks to avoid confrontation and also because sometimes the chases do provide clues to move the case forward. It always cracks me up when Phee has to remind her mother and her friends that, yes, she does work for an investigation agency, but she is the BOOKKEEPER, not a detective. Eye-rolling is one of Phee’s great traits.

All the characters feel very real and Harriet reminds me a little bit of my own mom. The way the woman plans her life almost entirely around her Chiweenie dog, Streetman, is hilarious. I love the way the relationship is growing between Marshall and Phee. The man is a keeper, he puts up with all the things Phee does and her mother.

The plot was a twisty one. Plenty of suspects and red herrings. I was totally caught up in the story from start to finish.

Funny and entertaining. The entire series has been delightful. They are best read in order to get to really know these characters.

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About the Authors

Ann I. Goldfarb

New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington) set for release in June 2017. In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at www.jceatonauthor.com and www.timetravelmysteries.com

James E. Clapp

When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. His first novel, Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is set for release in June 2017. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching.

Visit their website at www.jceatonauthor.com and Like and Follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JCEatonauthor/

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Jan 212019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting the east coast this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!

Wine and Punishment (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Vermont
I will feature this book for Cozy Wednesday this week!


Seven Deadly Zins: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery
(California Wine Country Mysteries)

by Nancy J. Parra
Release Date – January 8, 2019
Setting – California
My review will be up on Thursday!

Current Escape


In the Dog House (A Dog Club Mystery)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – August 21, 2018
Setting – Indiana 
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Not A Creature Was Stirring
(A Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery)

by Christina Freeburn
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah W. Garage Sale Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – January 29, 2019
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops her next week for Cozy Wednesday.


Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – January 22, 2019
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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Jan 192019
 


Today I am pleased to shine the spotlights on the latest book from Rose Pressey!

Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal (A Haunted Vintage Mystery)
by Rose Pressey

About the Book


Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal (A Haunted Vintage Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496714660
ISBN-13: 978-1496714664
Digital ASIN: B07BV3RM9S

A photo shoot in a graveyard ends in a grave shooting . . .

Cookie Chanel—owner of the chic clothing store It’s Vintage Y’All in Sugar Creek, Georgia—has been hired to dress models for a fashion shoot. The spread will be featured in Fashion and Style magazine’s October issue—so the models are posing in a cemetery. As someone who can see and talk to ghosts, Cookie’s not spooked by the location. But she is surprised when a new ghost appears, decked out in 1920s couture. And she’s shocked when she hears a gunshot. Then a model runs toward her, saying the grumpy photographer has been edited out of the picture – for good. With help from her ghostly pals, Cookie must zoom in on the truth before she’s the next to strike a final pose . . .

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Praise for Fashions Fade, Haunted Is Eternal (A Haunted Vintage Mystery)
by Rose Pressey

Rose Pressey never disappoints, with her mix of humour, mystery, and sass in her cozies.
~Carla Loves to Read

I love a Rose Pressey series. She makes the books so much fun to read.
~Laura’s Interests

Fashions Fade, Haunted is Eternal is an entertaining and lighthearted cozy mystery.
~The Avid Reader

About the Author

Rose Pressey enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.

When she’s not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties. Yeah, she loves Elvis. She can’t help myself.

Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and two sassy Chihuahuas.

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Jan 142019
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Arizona, Vermont and California this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


In Dog We Trust
by Beth Kendrick
Release Date – January 8, 2019
Setting – Deleware
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Academic Curveball (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – October 15, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Wrong Boy
by Cathy Ace
Release Date – January 9, 2019
Setting – Wales
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Yule Be Dead (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson
Release Date – November 27, 2018
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read

Scheduled Escapes


Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!

Wine and Punishment (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Vermont
For Review


Seven Deadly Zins: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery
(California Wine Country Mysteries)

by Nancy J. Parra
Release Date – January 8, 2019
Setting – California

Future Escapes

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Jan 032019
 


Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717511
ISBN-13: 978-1496717511
Digital ASIN: B07BV3K4N8

Professional wedding planner Mallory Shepard knows her job is challenging under any circumstances. But when the groom is your ex and someone invites murder, there may never be another tomorrow . . .

Mallory’s fine—really—handling the wedding arrangements for her ex, Keith. But his fiancée, Becca, has at the last minute decided to switch from a Japanese-cherry-blossom theme to a Gone with the Wind theme. She wants to honor her ailing grandmother, who owns an impressive collection of GWTW memorabilia—and who is fiercely at odds with the groom’s mother over the nuptial plans.

But among other complications, Becca gets into a fight with an old childhood rival over a replica Scarlett O’Hara wedding gown. She wins the dress—but soon becomes a murder suspect when the other woman is found dead in Becca’s swimming pool. And it’s up to Mallory to solve the mystery behind this unhappy occasion, before a different kind of civil war breaks out . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Juggling should be listed as a key talent for a wedding planner.  Mallory Shepard has many balls in the air, two weddings, a Mother’s Day tea, a partner that wants to book more non-wedding events. All that before the murder.

Becca, her ex’s new bride has planned a Japanese Cherry Blossom wedding but then the groom’s mother steps in to put her own spin on the festivities. Becca finally decides she wants a Gone With the Wind theme to honor her grandmother and tells Mallory to plan accordingly. She even finds the perfect dress. Until a fight breaks out in the bridal salon with a childhood friend/enemy. She wins the dress but loses the war when the other bride is found floating in Becca’s pool. Of course, she is the prime suspect. Becca and her grandmother come to depend on Mallory to not only clear Becca but also handle another event.

This was a delightfully fast-paced read.

Mallory Shepard is a great protagonist. With all that is thrown at her she rarely gets rattled. I mean dealing with the wedding of an ex is tough but have to plan it and go with the flow of all the changes is beyond hard and she keeps it together for the sake of her business. Her sister Rachel also seems to always be pushing her buttons and the envelope with a more, more, more attitude when it comes to their business. Strong women that do make a good team but they need to be aware of their limits.

Again this installment brings in a batch of new characters that were very well developed. The author gave us great descriptions that easily brought them to life within the story. With the theme of this series, new characters are a must and really keeps each edition fresh. It also gives new readers to jump in to this series anywhere.

The mystery is very well plotted and written with many twists and turns. The subplots were entangled perfectly into the mystery. The story completely held my interest, making it a difficult book to put down.

I have enjoyed each visit Thistle Park B&B and look forward many more.

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About the Author

A native Pittsburgher, Stephanie Blackmoore now lives in Missouri, with her husband, son and two-spirited cats. She was an attorney in Pittsburgh and a librarian in Florida before becoming a writer. Stephanie is a fan of everything black-and-yellow. She is hard at work on her next Wedding Planner mystery. Connect with Stephanie at the links below.

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Coming September 24, 2019
Marry Christmas Murder (A Wedding Planner Mystery Book 5)

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Jan 022019
 

Escape With Dollycas Is 10 Years Old – Blogoversary #Giveaway – Day #3 @KensingtonBooks

Today the fantastic people at Kensington are featuring the books of
Amy Lillard’s Amish Mystery Series. 

3 winners will receive a copy of
Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper and a copy of Kappy King and the Pie Kaper

 

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Dec 312018
 

10 years ago today this was my 1st post on Dollycas’s Thoughts on Blogger:

2010 RESOLUTIONS

1. BE A BETTER PERSON
2. START A BLOG
3. READ 140 BOOKS

After a few posts introducing myself and my TBR stacks, I reviewed my first book, The Cat, The Quilt, and the Corpse by LeAnn Sweeney.  I went on to have 796 posts before I moved the blog to WordPress on October 11, 2011. Since then I have added 3425 posts of which more than half have been reviews. In fact, since joining GoodReads in January of 2011, I have read 1904 books and reviewed all but a few that were read “just for fun”.

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. Some have moved on and I miss them, but the current crew of Larissa, Michelle, and Lulu, have been so extraordinary. When I reached out to them about books for this week’s giveaways they were so supportive. Kensington Books will be partnering with me for most of the giveaways this week. I am thrilled to share their books with you all year long and so excited to share these giveaways!

So what better way to start off my 10th year than a 10 book giveaway! 


Dangling by a Thread (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
by Lea Wait

One Taste Too Many (A Sarah Blair Mystery)
by Debra H. Goldstein


Death of a Bachelorette (A Jaine Austen Mystery)
by Laura Levine


Of Murder and Men (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon


The Whispered Word (Secret, Book & Scone Society)
by Ellery Adams


Biscuits and Slashed Browns (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day


Murder with a Cherry on Top (A Lickety Splits Mystery)
by Cynthia Baxter


The Bengal Identity (A Cat Groomer Mystery)
by Eileen Watkins


Kappy King and the Puppy Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
by Amy Lillard


Kappy King and the Pie Kaper (An Amish Mystery)
by Amy Lillard


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Dec 242018
 

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Pennsylvania this week! 

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

Escapes Completed


Batter Off Dead: A Southern Cake Baker Mystery
by Maymee Bell
Release Date – December 11, 2018
Setting – Kentucky
My Review will be up on Thursday. 

Tricky Twenty-Two: A Stephanie Plum Novel
by Janet Evanovich
Release Date – November 17, 2015
Setting – New Jersey
Read Just for Fun!


Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble: A Novel
by Ann B. Ross
Release Date – April 9, 2013
Setting – North Carolina
Read Just For Fun!

Scheduled Escapes


Gown with the Wind (A Wedding Planner Mystery)
by Stephanie Blackmoore
Release Date – December 18, 2018
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

With the holidays and Mr. Dollycas in the hospital, I will play the rest of my reads by ear, like last week, grabbing anything I want off the shelf and read as fast or as slow as I want, even taking a night completely off.

Future Escapes

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Dec 202018
 


The Whispered Word (Secret, Book & Scone Society)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-10: 1496712404
ISBN-13: 978-1496712400
Kindle ASIN: B07B77VBXX

Nora Pennington, owner of Miracle Books, believes that a well-chosen novel can bring healing and hope. But she and the other members of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society know that sometimes, practical help is needed too. Such is the case with the reed-thin girl hiding in the fiction section of Nora’s store, wearing a hospital ID and a patchwork of faded bruises. She calls herself Abilene, and though Nora and her friends offer work, shelter, and a supportive ear, their guest isn’t ready to divulge her secrets. But when a customer is found dead in an assumed suicide, Nora uncovers a connection that points to Abilene as either a suspect—or another target.

Summer’s end has brought other new arrivals to Miracle Springs too. Entrepreneur Griffin Kingsley opens Virtual Genie, a cyber business that unloads people’s unwanted goods for cash. With the town in an economic slump and folks hurting for money, Virtual Genie and its owner are both instantly popular. A patient listener, Griffin dispenses candy to children and strong coffee to adults, and seems like a bona fide gentleman. But Nora’s not inclined to judge a book by its cover. And when a second death hits town, Nora and her intrepid friends must help the new, greenhorn sheriff discern fact from fiction—and stop a killer intent on bringing another victim’s story to a close . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Secret, Book, and Scone Society Members

Nora, the owner of Miracle Books, tries to heal people woes with a unique set of books she personally selects for them.

Hester runs the Gingerbread House bakery. Customers tell her a little bit about their lives and what brought them to Miracle Springs. Then she bakes them up a “comfort scone”.

June works at the hot springs spa where people come to rejuvenate themselves.

Estella is a beautician who tries to help her clients find their true selves.

Working together they try to help people, like Abilene, a young woman that has found her way to Nora’s shop wearing a dress that is way to big for her, a hospital ID bracelet and visible bruises. The ladies try to take her under their wing by offering a job and finding her a place to stay. Abilene has secrets and she is nowhere close to being reading to share them. Nora has a feeling one of her secrets connects her to a woman found dead from an apparent suicide.

There is also a new business in Miracle Springs. A business that helps customers sell their collectibles and other goods online. The grand opening had people lined up and down the street. The shop seems to be on the up and up but Nora is keeping an eye on the place. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the new sheriff, and she has no trouble barging into any of his investigations, especially after another body is found.

As in the first book another victim of an apparent suicide until The Secret, Book, and Scone Society digs deeper. Until my son took his life I never realized how many deaths in mysteries are first categorized as probable suicides. Each time I come across this now in a book I have to pause and tell myself that 99% of the time, that is not the case and to keep reading.  I don’t want to spoil anything but the woman did not take her own life. In fact, what unfolds is a well-plotted mystery that tangles around and around and around again before the real culprit becomes clear. And again, like in the first book, the wonderful core characters of The Secret, Book, and Scone Society grow and learn more about themselves in the process.

I love the compassion these women have for almost everyone they meet. People in Miracle Springs are struggling due to the poor economy and immediately they try to do something to help. They have come up with a nice little idea to help some folks a bit. Also, the way they opened their hearts to a complete stranger in Abilene was so telling and heartwarming. These are flawed characters, with their own issues, yet they can set them aside for others in need.

Miracle Springs sounds like a perfect place to visit. A town based on healing the body, soul, and mind. It also a perfect place to set a cozy mystery series because there is always a new batch of people coming to town. Our family’s best vacation ever was to North Carolina, days spent by the ocean had their own healing effect, so I can totally understand why Ms. Adams has chosen this locale for this story and others.

Another great read from this author. It can be read all on its own too!

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Dec 192018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am excited to share my thoughts on the latest Maine Clambake Mystery today!


Steamed Open (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Maine
Kensington (December 18, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717945
ISBN-13: 978-1496717948
Kindle ASIN: B07BV3RCDG

It’s summertime in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, and the clamming is easy—or it was until a mysterious new neighbor blocks access to the beach, cutting off the Snowden Family Clambake’s supply. Julia Snowden is just one of many townspeople angered by Bartholomew Frick’s decision. But which one of them was angry enough to kill?

Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Busman’s Harbor, Maine is in an uproar as Bartholomew Frick shuts down Sea Glass Beach access on a property he is set to inherit from the much-beloved resident Heloise “Lou” Herrickson. Julia is worried about having enough crabs for their Snowden Family Clambake’s and about the clammers that are losing their income. The tourists aren’t happy either especially a couple that was booked to spend a few nights in the nearby lighthouse. Soon after Julia tries to meet with the man to try to come up a plan to reopen the beach he is found dead. There are plenty of suspects as he had angered plenty of people. Just who was mad enough to commit murder? Julia plans to find out.

It was so nice to escape to Maine in the summertime as the cold weather here tries to chill us to the bone.

This time in addition to the beach being closed off preliminary plans have been drawn for repairing and renovating Windsholme, the mansion on Morrow Island that been empty since the 1920s. The mansion on the beach that Bartholomew Frick was inheriting was built by the same builder so the architect and designer are anxious to get a peek as they continue to finalize the plan. Julia and her boyfriend Chris are having some issues but she opens her will finally open up and tell her more about the secret she knows he is keeping.

This was a really fast read for me. The death of “Lou” Herrickson sets off a chain of events that had my pages absolutely flying. Her family tree and her will designations were very surprising to the people of Busman’s Harbor.

All my favorite characters were back and some new characters that definitely fit the “quirky” definition were introduced. One couple traveling by RV is trying to see or sleep in all the lighthouses in the U.S. What a fun idea!

I liked that we delve into Chris’ past in this story and start to understand him better. He has had a complicated life and the author is finally allowing Julia and us readers in on his past.

The entire story is very well-written with subplots the blend perfectly into the main plot. Twists, turns, and some exciting moments take place as Julia does her best to solve this mystery.  There is a clear “edge of your seat” moment near the end that had my heart racing.

I love the way Barbara Ross tells a story. She drew me in, set a brisk pace, and took me on a wonderful little trip complete with delicious food descriptions (with recipes) and a top-shelf mystery.

Each book in this series can be read on its own but for maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading them in order.

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About The Author

Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, including the Agatha-nominated Best Contemporary Novel Clammed Up, as well as Boiled Over, Musseled Out, Fogged Inn, Iced Under and Stowed Away Steamed Open is the latest book in this series. Her story “Nogged Off” appears in the holiday novella collection Eggnog Murder along with stories by Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis. Barbara blogs with the Wicked Cozy Authors and Maine Crime Writers. In the summer, she writes on her big front porch overlooking the water in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. You can visit her website at http://www.maineclambakemysteries.com


 


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