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Murder with Clotted Cream (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review


Murder with Clotted Cream (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723945
ISBN-13: 978-1496723949
Kindle ASIN: B07W4MRSMC

A catering job has come in for Daisy’s Tea Garden in Pennsylvania’s Amish country—but death will be served before dessert . . .

 

Margaret Vaughn has hired Daisy to provide afternoon tea for her theater group. A local girl who left long ago for an acting career in New York, Margaret has returned home—with a multimillionaire husband in tow. But while Daisy bustles around Margaret’s historic farmhouse, she senses that there’s tension behind the scenes. Then she discovers the hostess on the floor of the pantry—dead and covered with clotted cream.

 

Barely recovered from her previous sleuthing adventure, Daisy joins forces with the former detective she’s been dating to help solve the case. Should she cast suspicion on the stars of the upcoming play? Can Margaret’s sister shine a spotlight on potential culprits? Or are there clues to be found in the victim’s past? With plenty of family stress of her own to deal with, all Daisy knows is she better act fast . . .

 

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There is tension in the ranks as the 1st play starts rehearsals at the new Little Theater. So Margaret Vaughn hires Daisy to cater a tea at her home to bring all the players together. Daisy is everything under control until she finds her hostess dead in the butler’s pantry covered in her special clotted cream.

Margaret’s husband, Rowan has heard Daisy has solved murders before and begs her to find his wife’s killer. So with Thanksgiving quickly approaches she teams up with Detective Rappaport and Jonas Groft to find the killer, but someone is making it difficult for Daisy. Are they pranking her or is she really in danger?


Karen Rose Smith continues to top herself giving her readers a really good story about family life and a top-notch mystery too.

The characters in this series continue to grow, face struggles and persevere, and support each other. The author takes on some heavy issues too and presents them in a clever informative way. She has created some of the strongest characters in this genre and I enjoy the time I get to spend with each of them within each story.

There are plenty of suspects and I really enjoy that Daisy thinks things through and tries to measure her response. She is such a smart sleuth even with the police trying to keep her out of the loop. I followed along with her each step of the way and was surprised when the actual killer was revealed.

This entire series is fun and entertaining and I highly recommend them all.

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Karen Rose Smith About the Author

Karen Rose Smith likes to chat with her readers on social media.  You can find her on Facebook at KarenRoseSmithBooks and on Twitter @karenrosemith.  Find out more about her mysteries at https://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com.

 

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #24 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting New York and staying awhile!

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

Escapes Completed


Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen: A Rosie and McBrae Regency Mystery
by Barbara Monajem
Release Date – April 18, 2020
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Booked for Death: A Booklover’s B&B Mystery (A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery)
by Victoria Gilbert
Release Date has been moved to August 11, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Board Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – March 19, 2013
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


An Exquisite Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries)
by Helen A. Harrison
Release Date – July 7, 2020
Setting – New York
For Review


A Fatal Fiction (Deadly Edits)
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Release Date – June 30, 2020
Setting – New York
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Divide and Concord (The Wine Trail Mysteries)
by J. C. Eaton
Release Date – April 30, 2020
Setting – New York
For Review

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#FlashbackFriday – Murder with Cherry Tarts (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @karenrosemith

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


Murder with Cherry Tarts (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Pennsylvania
Publisher: Kensington (November 26, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1496723929
ISBN-13: 978-1496723925
Kindle ASIN: B07PNYFWZD

In Pennsylvania’s Amish country, Daisy Swanson has a tea shop to run, a daughter to marry off—and a murder to solve . . .

 

Daisy’s worried one of her employees at Daisy’s Tea Garden may be in a spot of trouble. Lately Karina’s been loading up on soup and second-day baked goods at the end of her shift—and while the shop’s scrumptious treats may be hard to resist, Daisy suspects there’s more going on, especially since Karina has been seen hanging out in a rundown part of Willow Creek.

 

Planning her own daughter’s wedding is enough to keep her busy, but Daisy can’t help feeling a protective maternal instinct—and an instict to investigate. It turns out Karina has been helping a down-on-his luck single dad who’s been making ends meet—barely—by selling antiques at a place called Pirated Treasures.

 

But when an employee at the antiques store is bludgeoned to death with a marble rolling pin, Karina’s new friend is suspect number one. Though the motives are muddy and steeped in intrigue, Daisy is more than determined to flush the real killer out.

 

Includes delicious recipes!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We are back in Willow Creek when a lot is happening. A wedding, a big move, a new baby soon to be delivered, an employee behaving oddly, and a new murder. Daisy is juggling a lot of teapots in the air.

Daisy’s daughter, Violet is nervous about her wedding that is just a few days away. Will she be a good wife? A good mom? Will she be able to handle it all?

Daisy’s employee, Karina has been taking leftover food to a homeless man and Daisy just can’t help but step in to help. But when the man becomes the prime suspect in a murder will Daisy be rethinking her generosity or will she go above and beyond to prove his innocence?

_______

Again the author has piled a lot of our protagonist’s shoulders but Daisy has proved she can handle it before so I knew just to hold on tight and let her go. Daisy doesn’t disappoint. She is a wise woman with great instincts and ideas and tons of patience when needed. She has raised two terrific daughters and surrounded herself with wonderful friends. Jazzi, her adopted daughter is trying to forge a relationship with her birth mom, and Daisy is so supportive. Aunt Iris is a treasure and I love the relationship she has with Daisy while her relationship with her mother is strained. Her relationship with Jonas continues to evolve.  I really enjoyed the introduction of Keith Robert and his daughter, Mandy. The characters the author has created are what truly brings me back to this series again and again.

The mystery is very well-plotted and written. The author again blends work, home, and the murder investigation seamlessly. Daisy really gets involved in the life of the man police are focused on much to the dismay of Detective Zeke Willet. I really enjoyed the way the whole story played out. It had some really nice twists and turns.

Cherry Tarts are the focus of this book and I guarantee you will be craving them by the time you finish this book. Thankfully the recipe is included at the end.

Truly engaging characters and a curious mystery made Murder with Cherry Tarts a very delightful read. The book can be read on its own but I recommend you read the whole series in order for maximum enjoyment.

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Karen Rose Smith About the Author

Karen Rose Smith likes to chat with her readers on social media.  You can find her on Facebook at KarenRoseSmithBooks and on Twitter @karenrosemith.  Find out more about her mysteries at https://www.karenrosesmithmysteries.com.

 

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Cozy Wednesday – Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so happy to feature Marshmallow Malice
by Amanda Flower today!


Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496722035
ISBN-13: 978-1496722034
Kindle ASIN: B07W8Y8V7V

Caught in a sticky situation . . .

 

With Juliet Brody and Reverend Brook tying the knot in Ohio’s Amish Country’s most anticipated nuptials of the year, Bailey King is determined to do everything in her power to make the event a sweet success. Except midsummer heat waves and outdoor ceremonies don’t mix, and an exasperated Bailey soon finds herself struggling to fulfill bridesmaid duties and keep her stunning marshmallow-frosted wedding cake from becoming a gooey disaster. Then much to everyone’s shock, the entire ceremony crumbles when a guest drops dead, and the cause isn’t sunstroke . . .

 

Turns out, the uninvited victim came equipped with lots of dirt on the devout reverend’s hidden past. As Reverend Brook tops the murder suspect list on what should have been the happiest day of his life, Bailey and her sheriff’s deputy boyfriend vow to clear his name. Can the duo boil down a series of baffling clues before Juliet considers her marriage a bad mistake—or the killer whips up another deadly surprise?

 

Recipe Included!

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Like other fans of this series, I have been looking forward to Reverend Brook and Juliet Brody’s wedding complete with Jethro, the pig as ringbearer, and Bailey King as the maid of honor. Bailey has worked tirelessly to give Juliet the wedding of her dreams. The wedding is going along nicely until a stranger arrives shouting at the reverend. The person is removed and the ceremony continues.

Juliet wanted a cake with marshmallow frosting even though the heat of the day could ruin all her hard work. But it was other forces that be that send the reception into a sticky mess. Even then the party goes on and everyone seems to have fun.

Then the next day, a body is found at the church. The stranger from the wedding has been murdered and we find they are not a stranger after all. They have a connection to the community and to the good Reverend Brook. Will he and Juliet be able to go on their honeymoon? Only if Bailey and Aiden can clear his name and frost the real killer.


I do love this series. The way the community of Harvest comes together to celebrate always warms my heart. There are always a few rotten apples around trying to throw shade but by and large, the town is full of good people. Bailey has really worked her way into many people’s hearts. She loves working with her grandmother in the family sweet shop and she dreams up such wonderful creations. She is smart and independent and people, both Amish and Englisch open up to her making her a huge asset to her deputy boyfriend. This time her friend Cass is visiting Harvest too and is a great sidekick for Bailey. All Ms. Flower’s characters continue to grow in believable ways.

A lot happens within the pages of this book and at times it seemed a bit chaotic but in Amanda Flower’s hands, we see it is all a very well-constructed plot with plenty of theories, twists, secrets, and suspects. She serves up misdirection like a master and had me stymied almost right up to the big reveal. It is so much fun to follow along with these characters.

What I really love about Ms. Flower’s stories is that while giving readers an entertaining mystery she dishes up a high level of humor. Almost from the start, I was laughing out loud as Juliet was getting ready for the wedding, the issues with the cake and Bailey in her bridesmaids dress and so much more. She really knows how to tickle her reader’s funny bones.

Marshmallow Malice is a terrific addition to this series. Unique, charming, and engaging characters along with a first-rate mystery make this story a Perfect Escape.

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About This Author

Amanda Flower, a two-time Agatha Award-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth-grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as national bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.

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Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series (writing as Isabella Alan)

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #23 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting England and North Carolina!

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

Escapes Completed


No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow!


Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Ohio
I will be featuring this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sprinkles of Suspicion (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – June 2, 2020
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Thursday!


Murder with Cherry Tarts (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
by Karen Rose Smith
Release Date – November 26, 2019
Setting – Pennsylvania
My Flashback Friday Read!


Murder with Clotted Cream (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
by Karen Rose Smith
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Pennsylvania
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen: A Rosie and McBrae Regency Mystery
by Barbara Monajem
Release Date – April 18, 2020
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Booked for Death: A Booklover’s B&B Mystery (A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery)
by Victoria Gilbert
Release Date has been moved to August 11, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery by Kirsten Weiss #AuthorInterview – #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KirstenWeiss

Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery
by Kirsten Weiss

About Hostage to Fortune


Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: misterio press (May 21, 2020)
Number of Pages: 250
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Abigail and Hyperion uncork a murder… 

 

Tea and Tarot room owner Abigail Beanblossom is used to running interference for her socially-awkward former boss, tech billionaire Razzzor. So when he invites her on a stakeout to investigate the sale of counterfeit wine from his latest venture – an upscale winery – she barrels on in. But the two stumble across the corpse of a wine merchant, and new wine in old bottles is now the least of their problems.

 

Good thing amateur detectives Abigail and her partner, tarot reader Hyperion Night, have a nose for murder. Their investigation takes them from elegant wine cellars to chic tea parties on the California coast. But just as the investigation starts to get its legs, Abigail discovers there’s more than wine at the bottom of this crime…

 

Hostage to Fortune is book 2 in the Tea and Tarot cozy mystery series. Start reading this hilariously cozy caper today!

 

Tearoom recipes in the back of the book.

 

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Hi Kirsten

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in California, worked in microcredit in Eastern Europe, South-East Asia, and Africa, and my dream was always to write mysteries. So when I moved back to the US, after foundering around a bit, I started writing!

What are three things most people don’t know about you?

Hm… I started a tai chi class about a year ago, when I moved to Colorado Springs. I spent two years working in Kyrgyzstan, and I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Estonia after the Soviet Union fell.

What is the first book you remember reading?

My favorite children’s book was Go-Dog-Go, though I’m not entirely certain if that’s the first one I read on my own.

What are you reading now?

I’m reading a book on magick. I also write two series of witch mysteries, and it’s always fun to keep up on the latest!

What books have most inspired you?

This may sound silly, but I have to go back to the Nancy Drew novels. They were my favorites when I was a kid, and they’re what set me on the path to becoming a mystery writer today.

What made you decide you wanted to write mysteries?

See above re: Nancy Drews! Seriously, when I first started reading them, I was so enchanted that I wanted to become a girl detective. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize that wasn’t realistic, so I decided I wanted to become a mystery writer. And I won a little writing contest about that time in school, so it seemed like fate.

Do you have a special place you like to write?

Lately, I’ve been sitting at my dining room table, where I have a few of Pikes Peak and the deer that wander through my yard. There’s also lots of natural lighting here, which keeps me energized.

Where do the ideas for your books come from?

So many places – newspaper stories, tales from family and friends… Someone once said that there are no new ideas. Creativity is about mixing ideas together, and that’s certainly the case with where my ideas come from. In the case of Hostage to Fortune, there have been real-life instances of very high value wine fraud. Mix that up with murder, and I think you’ve got something interesting.

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging?

The beginning and the end of a project. If I can draft a good outline, the first draft comes fairly easily. But drafting a good outline can be a challenge. That’s where the real creativity comes in – when you’re dreaming up scenes and ideas for whodunnit and how. And then the next big challenge is the editing. Don’t get me wrong, I like editing. But sometimes I feel like I’m wrestling something much bigger than me during the edits. I’ll know that somethings not right, but I won’t immediately know what it is or how to fix it. But when I do fix it, it feels GREAT.

What do you think makes a good story?

Great characters are for me, number one. If readers like your characters, they’ll want to spend time with them no matter what. Next, good pacing. I like to start things off fairly quickly in my stories, and try to keep the readers hooked. And for mysteries, you need a good puzzle!

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

I think the Riga Hayworth character is probably most like me, probably because it was my first published series, and as a newer writer, I was still in the “what would I do in this situation” mode, rather than, what would this character do. But most of my heroines are struggling with some sort of a transition – maybe they’re trying to start a business, or they’ve lost their job and are trying to find a new one, or they’ve lost a loved one. We all go through these transitions, and I certainly have, and I try to bring that emotional experience to those characters. So in a sense, there are bits and pieces of me all over the place.

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

My heroines are dealing with real problems – aside from murder investigations. Their lives are complicated and messy, and they have to rise to the occasion. But they do rise. That said, these are not dark books by any means – especially the Tea and Tarot series, which I think are the funniest I’ve written. There are a lot of laughs in these books.

What’s next on the horizon for you?

I’ve just started working on the next book in the Tea and Tarot series (inspired by a story told to me by a relative). And I’m bringing back Archer, from Hostage to Fortune, because he’s too fun a character to ignore.

Thank you, Kirsten, so much for visiting today!! 

More About Kirsten Weiss

Kirsten Weiss has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. The latter gives her heartburn, but she drinks it anyway.

Now based in Colorado Springs, CO, she writes genre-blending cozy mystery, supernatural and steampunk suspense, mixing her experiences and imagination to create vivid worlds of fun and enchantment.

If you like funny cozy mysteries, check out her Pie Town, Tea and Tarot, Paranormal Museum and Wits’ End books. If you’re looking for some magic with your mystery, give the Witches of Doyle, Riga Hayworth and Rocky Bridges books a try. And if you like steampunk, the Sensibility Grey series might be for you.

Kirsten sends out original short stories of mystery and magic to her mailing list. If you’d like to get them delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for her newsletter at kirstenweiss.com

Feel free to follow her on Twitter @KirstenWeiss, on Tumblr at kweiss01, on Pinterest at KirstenWeiss, or on Bookbub, get in touch on Facebook, post a picture of this book to Instagram and tag her @kirstenweissauthor, or send her an email. She’ll answer you personally…which may be a good or a bad thing, depending on your perspective.

Book Series: Sensibility Grey Steampunk Suspense, Tea and Tarot cozy mysteries, the Pie Town cozy mysteries, the Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum cozy mysteries, the Doyle Witch and Doyle Cozy mystery novels, the Riga Hayworth paranormal mysteries.

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by Kirsten Weiss

Motive, means and opportunity all play roles but nothing becomes clear until things turn dangerously deadly for our heroine and friends.
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HOSTAGE TO FORTUNE incorporates wine, tea, Tarot, and fun in a delightful mystery.
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Hostage to Fortune by Kirsten Weiss is a magically written mystery with likable characters and wine.
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The investigating duo is a hoot and when you Add in a few more eclectic chats stars it just gets even better. Makes for a humorous good time as the clues play out leading one doozy of an ending.
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Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery) by Dana Dratch #Review

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Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Florida
Publisher: Kensington Books (May 26, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496716604
ISBN-13: 978-1496716606
Kindle ASIN: B07W6S6VQX

Freelance writer Alex Vlodnachek hasn’t had a vacation in ages. So when her sister invites her—and pup Lucy—for a girls’ get-away to Miami, it’s too tempting to resist.

 

Big sister Annie wants Alex to savor a little fun in the sun at her South Beach condo. Redhead Alex just wants to escape complications at home, enjoy a little R&R and find an industrial-sized bottle of sunscreen. But trouble is hot on her heels—along with a few stray friends and relatives.

 

On the eve of the condo association’s hotly contested election, everything in the luxury high-rise is going haywire. But board president and social butterfly Leslie McQueen seems curiously absent amidst the chaos. Along with a good chunk of the association’s cash.

 

When several of Annie’s friends are left holding the bag, Alex jumps in to help—and discovers the tony condo tower offers no shortage of shady characters, murder, and mayhem.

 

But when her brother, Nick, arrives—with their irrepressible grandmother, Baba, and Alex’s pal Trip, in tow—is the gang riding to the rescue? Or plunging Alex into more hot water?

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Alex Vlodnachek heads to South Beach with her big sister/super model Annie for a much-needed vacay and pup Lucy gets to tag along. Alex plans to relax by the pool while Annie takes care of some business at her condo. A quickly scheduled condo vote has Annie concerned and she hopes Alex can use her investigative skills to help her figure out what is going on.

When the current condo association president, Leslie McQueen goes missing and things around the property start to fall into disrepair. the sisters start digging and learn the association is basically broke, less than $40 in their account. Now they need to decide who they can trust. Was Leslie working by herself or did she have an accomplice or two?


This was a crazy fun book to read. Once I started I didn’t put it down.

Ms. Dratch takes the characters I have come to love on the road but soon most are all together in Miami. Baba gets a South Beach makeover but that woman still can’t cook. but her family will never let her know. I loved that Alex and Annie got to spend some time alone together before the rest of the family arrived but they do run into someone very helpful from their past. I also loved that Lucy played a big part in the story. This family is a hoot and a half and still all the characters continue to evolve and grow. The author also introduces readers to a diverse cast of characters that live in Annie’s condo building and they all seem to have secrets.

The pace was lightning fast, those girls were always up to something, which is why I read this book faster than I have read any book of late. Ms. Dratch is the expert at placing red herrings that is why they are the Red Herring Mysteries. She also plots the story out so well. The investigation follows a clear path and even when Annie and Alex hit a dead end they use spot on reasoning to move their search ahead.

I liked the change of scenery in this book. Florida is a great locale for a cozy mystery.

Red Hot is a wondrous cozy mystery filled with lovable characters, an intriguing mystery, a large dose of humor, and just a dash of romance. The entire series is fantastic! I recommend you read them all. My only complaint is that we have to wait until next year for book four, but it is so worth it.

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About the Author

Dana Dratch is a personal finance writer and the author of CONFESSIONS OF A RED HERRING and SEEING RED. She’s currently working on the third Alex Vlodnachek mystery adventure, RED HOT. Get updates at ConfessionsofaRedHerring.com.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Ohio & West Virginia!

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

Escapes Completed


Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Vacationing in Florida
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – May 2, 2020
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery)
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – January 3, 2017
Setting – Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Ohio
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Sprinkles of Suspicion (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series)
by Kim Davis
Release Date – June 2, 2020
Setting – ???
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

Release Dates are changing due to the COVID 19 Pandemic so please double check on Amazon.
May 25 – 31, 2019


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#FlashbackFriday – A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes) by Isis Crawford

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


A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Publisher: Kensington (September 1, 2005)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0758206860
ISBN-13: 978-0758206862
Kindle ASIN: B00FN2DPCA

Bernadette and Libby Simmons have been working twelve-hour days at their store, A Taste of Heaven. And in between whipping up sweet treats and catering high school graduation parties, the sisters have to fit one more event into their busy schedule: catering a high-society wedding that takes a very low turn. . .

 

Leeza Sharp is getting ready to have the wedding of her dreams. She’s got a $25,000 dress (gorgeous and made to order), a rich Estonian fiancé (head of a multimillion dollar caviar empire) and a four-star menu (planned by none other than Bernadette and Libby Simmons). Never mind that she’s not really in love with her boring, bland groom-to-be.

 

But the dream wedding quickly turns into a nightmare. Just hours before she’s scheduled to walk down the aisle, Leeza takes an arrow to the chest–and drops dead. Now Libby and Bernadette have more on their minds than pouring Cristal and cutting up wedding cake: they’ve got an archery-inclined killer to find. . .

 

Includes 6 Delectable Recipes for You to Try!

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Bernadette and Libby Simmons are given the chance to cater a huge reception for a bride getting the wedding of her dreams. Sadly, the event is tanked when the bride is killed before she can walk down the aisle. With a big assist from their retired police chief dad, the sisters try to find who shot down the bride with a crossbow on her wedding day.

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This story is high on humor, low on facts, and sleuthing. The girls take their time calling the police and tamper with the crime scene all to find a killer that I was focused on pretty early on.

Sisters Libby and Bernadette are trying to grow their business but they keep finding dead bodies which makes their wheelchair-bound father worry so much he finally leaves his house to help them out. Their investigation was a little frustrating at times, they seemed to be going in circles and finding nothing. The ending falls together and my original theory was proven but I was surprised the sisters didn’t pick up what I was following the whole time.

I did enjoy getting to know these characters better than we did in the first book. There is plenty of room for growth and knowing there are 13 more books in the series I am sure the author capitalized on this. I also learned something when reading the book and that is always a plus.

This was a quick read for a weekend afternoon. It also includes some yummy recipes. A Catered Wedding has some issues but the characters are growing on me. I will give A Catered Christmas a try near the holidays.

 

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About the Author

ISIS CRAWFORD was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university professor. Since then Isis has combined her parents’ love of food and travel by running a catering service as well as penning numerous travel-related articles about places ranging from Omsk to Paraguay. Married, with twin boys, she presently resides in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she is working on the next Bernie and Libby culinary mystery.



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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be visiting Florida and Georgia!

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

Escapes Completed


A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery)
by Lorraine Bartlett & Gayle Leeson
Release Date – May 8, 2020
Setting – New York
My Review will be up tomorrow!


A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery)
by Nancy Cole Silverman
Release Date – May 12, 2020
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes)
by Isis Crawford
Release Date – September 30, 2013
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read and for
the Alphabet Soup Author Edition Challenge.

Scheduled Escapes


Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery)
by Dana Dratch
Release Date – May 26, 2020
Setting – Vacationing in Florida
For Review


Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – May 2, 2020
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I have some Great Escapes Posts this week without reviews but will choose a Flashback Friday Book to feature too!

Future Escapes

Release Dates are changing due to the COVID 19 Pandemic so please double check on Amazon.
May 18 – 24, 2019


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Happy Reading!!

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