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Cozy Wednesday featuring The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society) by Ellery Adams #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Today I am featuring The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams!


The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society)
3rd in Series
Setting – North Carolina
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496712439
ISBN-13: 978-1496712431
Kindle ASIN: B07R4K4DMR

In the new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel from New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams, the rain in Miracle Springs, North Carolina, has been relentless—and a flood of trouble is about to be unleashed . . .

 

As the owner of Miracle Books, Nora Pennington figures all the wet weather this spring is at least good for business. The local inns are packed with stranded travelers, and among them Nora finds both new customers and a new friend, the sixtysomething Sheldon, who starts helping out at the store.

 

Since a little rain never hurt anyone, Nora rides her bike over to the flea market one sodden day and buys a bowl from Danny, a Cherokee potter. It’ll make a great present for Nora’s EMT boyfriend, but the next day, a little rain turns into a lot of rain, and the Miracle River overflows it banks. Amid the wreckage of a collapsed footbridge, a body lies within the churning water.

 

Nora and the sheriff both doubt the ruling of accidental drowning, and Nora decides it’s time for the Secret, Book, and Scone Society to spring into action. When another body turns up, it becomes clearer that Danny’s death can’t be blamed on a natural disaster. A crucial clue may lie within the stone walls of the Inn of Mist and Roses: a diary, over a century old and spattered with candle wax, that leads Nora and her friends through a maze of intrigue—and onto the trail of a murderer . . .

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.

The rain keeps falling in Miracle Springs and it is putting a damper on everything, but customers are searching for refuge in the shops, like Miracle Books.

Nora tries to keep up with her errands but the weather sure isn’t conducive to someone with only a bicycle to get her around. I really have to give Nora props through. She dons her rain gear and heads to the local flea market to purchase shelf enhancers. The current crush of buyers is clearing them as well as books from her shelves. There she meets Cherokee Danny, a phenomenal potter and snaps up a bowl that will make a fine present for her boyfriend. She also fills her backpack with a few shelf enhancers too.  Sadly she takes a tumble on the way home and the bowl gets chipped. She heads back to the flea market the next day but the potter is absent. On her way home, she travels near a footbridge that has collapsed due to the heavy rains. She peers over the side and finds the missing potter among the footbridge wreckage.

Accident or murder? The Secret, Book, and Scone Society decides to find out. When another body is found there is no doubt the deaths are connected and definitely not accidental. Then an interesting clue is found in a surprising place and the Society steps up their game to solve the mystery before any more bodies spring up.

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The woman of the Secret, Book, and Scone Society all have their own strengths and come together not only to support each other but to help others too. Ms. Adams has given these women so much depth while allowing the room to grow not only within the book but over the series. They are flawed and realistic. Their friendship and compassion are things to envy. Readers, like me, quickly get invested in their lives and cheer and hope their trials can be conquered. The way they take on trying to find a killer at that same time just shows all the strengths.

I do have to mention a new character, Sheldon Silverstein Vega. He just kinda popped up in this story and stole my heart. He has his own trials, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, but he is a jovial man and a perfect addition to this series. I hope we see much more of him in future stories.

In The Book of Candlelight, Native American lore plays a huge part and part of that folklore has become part of my everyday life not knowing where it originated. Cardinals have always been my favorite bird and that is quite evident to anyone looking around our home. I have collected prints, plates, figurines, magnets, etc. my entire adult life. We even had a live pair nest in a tree in the backyard of one of our homes and we have always put out seed to welcome them to our yard wherever that may be. When my son died I was told that the red cardinal is believed to bring messages from our loved one in the spirit world, so I always watch for them. Now I know that belief came from Native American folklore.

The red bird is very important to potter, Cherokee Danny and it plays a significant part in finding his killer. The clues are placed liberally throughout the book but there are also many red herrings too. Like Nora and her friends, I was spinning my wheels for most of the story. There are many events that need to fit into a theory and it wasn’t until an important clue is revealed that things started to fall into place. I really enjoyed the way the author plotted this story in a way that kept me guessing until the very end. Her vivid descriptions really brought the people, times, and places to life.

I loved everything about The Book of Candlelight. Engaging characters and a marvelous mystery. I was anxious to get to the end to find out the guilty party but at the same time didn’t want the story to end. Even with the rain Miracle Springs, North Carolina is a fantastic place to visit.

This is the first book of 2020 to receive my Paradise Rating because I think it deserves more than 5 stars!

Read my review of The Secret, Book & Scone Society here and The Whispered Word here.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I seem to be visiting South Carolina a lot these days!
This week I also jet to Paris and stop by Pennsylvania!

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

Escapes Completed


The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery: A Cozy Potluck Paradise Cafe Mystery
by Rae Katherine Eighmey
Release Date – October 31, 2019
Setting – Iowa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society)
by Ellery Adams
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
I will post my Review on Cozy Wednesday!

Bitter Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery (Emma Lord Returns)
by Mary Daheim
Release Date – February 4, 2020
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!


Plum Tea Crazy (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – March 6, 2018
Setting – South Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Under the Radar (Zoe Chambers Mystery)
by Annette Dashofy
Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday.


Death By Baguette: A Valentine’s Day Murder in Paris (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – February 7, 2020
Setting – France
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday!

The Antidote for Everything
by Kimmery Martin
Release Date – February 18, 2020
Setting – South Carolina
For Review

Future Escapes

February 10 – 16, 2020


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Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery) by Kate Collins #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour – @KensingtonBooks

Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins

About Statue of Limitations


Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Michigan
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 149672433X
ISBN-13: 978-1496724335
Digital ASIN: B07R8QWPTN

In this delightful new series by the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mysteries, Athena Spencer comes back home to work with her crazy big Greek family at their garden center. But she never expected a return to her roots would mean protecting her family from murder . . .

After her divorce, Athena has returned to coastal Michigan to work in her family’s garden center and raise her son, while also caring for a mischievous wild raccoon and fending off her family’s annoying talent for nagging. Working alone at the garden center one night, Athena is startled by a handsome stranger who claims to be the rightful owner of a valuable statue her grandfather purchased at a recent estate sale.

But she has even bigger problems on her plate. The powerful Talbot family from whom her pappoús bought the statue is threatening to raze the shops on Greene Street’s “Little Greece” to make way for a condo. The recent death of the family’s patriarch already seemed suspicious, but now it’s clear that a murderer is in their midst. Athena will have to live up to her warrior goddess namesake to protect her family from a killer and save their community from ruin . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been so excited about this new series from Kate Collins and she sure doesn’t disappoint.

We meet Athena Spencer who has come home to her big Greek family in Sequoia, Michigan with her son Nicholas after her divorce. Her grandparents have a Greek restaurant and her father owns the local garden center. Athena and her sister work at the garden center with her father. The center also has a resident troublemaker in the form of a raccoon that makes himself quite at home.

The patriarch of a prominent Talbot family has passed away and Athena’s pappoús (grandfather) brought a valuable statue at the estate sale. Because of the statue’s size, it was brought to the garden center until her grandfather finds the perfect place for it.

But a hunky stranger surprises Athena late one night stating his family is the rightful owner of the statue. As if Althena needed another problem to solve. With his dad out of the picture, Sonny Talbot has decided to move forward with a previously dead plan to demolish all the shops know as Little Greece on Greene Street including her grandparent’s restaurant. His decision draws the rath of the whole area and raises suspicions that maybe the senior Talbot’s death was not due to natural causes. When another man linked to the family is killed Althena feels the heat to not only save her family’s restaurant but to bring a killer to justice.

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Ms. Collins has served up a big cast of Greek characters. They are unique and genuine and we have just scratched the surface at getting to know them. Like all families, especially Greek families, everyone has an opinion about Athena’s love life.

In addition to the Spencer family, we meet Case Donnelly. There is a spark between Athena and Case but her family believes her destiny is with Kevin Coreopsis, a lawyer who has also recently returned home to Sequoia. Athena has a special way of dealing with her overbearing family though, and I love it. She writes a blog “It’s All Greek to Me”  under the name of Goddess Anon. Her family loves the blog not knowing that it is penned by their own Athena.

As is the case in most first books in a series which spends a great bit of time introducing characters, the mystery while well-crafted was pretty easy to solve. That being said I was completely captivated by it. I enjoyed the way Case and Athena worked together. There were twists and tension and plenty of humor too. The pacing was perfect, it was hard to put the book down.

This series is off to a splendid start. Statue of Limitations was a fun and entertaining read filled with characters I can’t wait to visit again.

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About Kate Collins

Kate Collins is the New York Times bestselling author of the Flower Shop Mystery series. After publishing numerous historical romances, Kate penned the long-running mystery series, three books of which were made into Hallmark movies starring Brooke Shields. An Indiana native, Kate graduated from Purdue University with a master’s degree in education. When not growing roots at her computer, Kate loves to garden. Other passions include yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, sampling great wines and fine dark chocolate, and enjoying every moment of life. Kate lives in Northwest Indiana and Key West, Florida. Visit her online at KateCollinsBooks.com.

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Praise for Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins

The mystery is well crafted and kept me eagerly turning pages . . . I am eager to spend more time with this family.
~The Power of Words

A strong start with characters ripe with potential for growth. I look forward to seeing where this series will take us.
~Laura’s Interests

. . . an enjoyable and captivating read and a series that I am looking forward to continuing on with.
~I Read What You Write

Statue of Limitations kicks off a brand new series from Kate Collins, and cozy mystery fans will love it! It’s full of great characters, humor, and mystery!
~Christy’s Cozy Corners

A fantastically written cozy that will keep your attention all the way to the very end. I totally loved it so I give it 5/5 stars.
~Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

My escapes this week are taking me to Iowa, North Carolina, and Washington State!

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

Escapes Completed


Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery
by Holly Quinn
Release Date – February 11, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bonbon with the Wind (Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – December 9, 2019
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Thursday!


Dim Sum of All Fears: A Noodle Shop Mystery
by Vivien Chien
Release Date – August 28, 2018
Setting – Ohio
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Great Iowa Caucus Casserole Mystery: A Cozy Potluck Paradise Cafe Mystery
by Rae Katherine Eighmey
Release Date – October 31, 2019
Setting – Iowa
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


The Book of Candlelight (Secret, Book, & Scone Society)
by Ellery Adams
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – North Carolina
For Review

Bitter Alpine: An Emma Lord Mystery (Emma Lord Returns)
by Mary Daheim
Release Date – February 4, 2020
Setting – Washington State
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

February 3 – 9, 2020


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#FlashbackFriday – Death by Coffee (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery) by Alex Erickson #Spotlight / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks


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.

Due to being sick last week I was unable to read a Flashback Friday book
so I have pulled a book from my TBR shelf to share with you today.
My loss is your gain!


Death by Coffee (A Bookstore Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Kensington (May 26, 2015)
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1617737518
ISBN-13: 978-1617737510
Kindle ASIN: B00ONTS5RY

When Krissy Hancock and her best friend Vicki decide to open a bookstore café in their new town of Pine Hills, they decide to call it “Death by Coffee,” after Krissy’s father’s most famous mystery novel. Little do they know how well the name fits…

On their very first day of business, Brendon Lawyer huffily takes his coffee…to the grave. It seems he had a severe allergy to peanuts…but how could there have been nuts in his coffee? And who stole his emergency allergy medication?

Fortunately, Krissy’s love of puzzles and mysteries leads her not only to Officer Paul Dalton, but also to many of her new neighbors, who aren’t terribly upset that the book is closed on Brendon. But one of them is a killer, and Krissy needs to read between the lies if she wants to save her new store—and live to see how this story ends…

About the Author
Alex Erickson is the author of the Bookstore Cafe Mystery series, which includes the novels Death by Coffee, Death by Tea, and Death by Pumpkin Spice. Alex has always wanted to write, even at a young age. He currently lives in Ohio with his family and resident felines, who provide endless amounts of inspiration.


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Cozy Wednesday featuring A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery) by Lynn Cahoon – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @LynnCahoon @KensingtonBooks


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am delighted to feature A Field Guide to Homicide today!

About A Field Guide To Homicide

field guide to homicide

A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Colorado
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 149671685X
ISBN-13: 978-1496716859
Digital ASIN: B07R9SXCQ8

Cat Latimer and her writer’s retreat group go on a hiking trip—but a murderer has been lurking off the beaten path . . .

Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.

To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .”

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

It’s time for another retreat at Cat Latimer’s B&B, Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort. This group is unique because along with the student from the local college, the other writers are two couples. Seth has planned a special hiking trip for the group complete with field guides to identify flora and fauna. Not long after the hike begins they come across something not covered in Seth’s guide . . . a dead body. A body Seth recognizes. A man he thought had died in Germany during his last tour of duty. He is shocked to learn his friend had been living nearby with a gold claim. With this happening right before a planned reunion of his military friends they all become suspects. Now Cat with some assistance of Uncle Pete’s Gal Pal Retired Alaska Deputy Shirley will do her best to end this killer’s story without ending hers.

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This was a rich story with many facets. The main mystery puts Seth and Cat a bit at odds. A friend he thought was dead was really alive and living nearby. Now someone killed him and he can’t believe any of his platoon could be involved. There has to be another explanation. His military life is not something Seth speaks about, so Cat feels she needs to tread lightly. Ms. Cahoon threads a needle releasing clues carefully, and issues the twists precisely. Seth shielded his friends so Cat had to dig into the victim in other ways making this investigation unique. I really enjoyed the way the entire story was plotted and the way it played out.

Lynn Cahoon has created such a strong group of core characters. Cat, Shauna, Seth, Uncle Pete and now Shirley can be added to the mix. I thought we had gotten to know them pretty well over the series so far, but this time readers get more information about Cat and Seth’s relationship at the end of high school and how it all fell apart. Cat learns some things she didn’t know. I loved how this was written and that Seth was featured. It makes the characters even more relatable. Shauna also revealed more about her family this time too. It really shows me we are just scratching the surface of these characters.

Readers are also introduced to a group of retreat writers. Two married couples, Sydney and her husband Tristin write a travel blog, Jocelyn, and her husband Josh, also frequent travelers, write western historical fiction. They are joined by college student Brodie Capone. The two couples become fast friends taking the retreat in a direction Cat never expected. Brodie grows over the course of the story too.

As always the location adds to the story. Trekking the trails more than once was fun and while moving the investigation forward, one of the characters was so delighted by what he saw is brought a huge smile to my face.

In A Field Guide to Homicide, the author sets a perfect pace, each page pulling you deeper into the story. A writer’s retreat, a dead body, an Army reunion, and many secrets all come together to make one heck of a story. The ending was just awesome.

This entire series is great. Treat yourself to the whole bunch.

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You can read my review of A Story to Kill here and my review of Fatality by Firelight here,
my review for Of Murder and Men here and my review of Slay in Character here
and my review of Sconed to Death here.

About Lynn Cahoon

Lynn Cahoon is the award-winning author of several New York Times and USA Today bestselling cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California with six holiday novellas releasing in 2018–2019. She also pens the Cat Latimer series available in mass market paperback. Her newest series, the Farm to Fork mystery series, debuted in 2018. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com.

She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and two fur babies.

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Praise for A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon

The sub-plots shined in this book, so I was glad to see a different style. The personal lives of all the main characters also move forward in various ways, which made me happy.
~This Is My Truth Now

A Field Guide to Homicide has a calamitous climb, a solitary stiff, a selfish sibling, a wistful writer, scrumptious cuisine, and a perplexing puzzle.
~The Avid Reader

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A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery) by Kaitlyn Dunnett #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks


A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
13th in Series
Setting – Maine
Publisher: Kensington (January 28, 2020)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-10: 149671265X
ISBN-13: 978-1496712653
Kindle ASIN: B07R8QR5FV

A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmon’s Scottish Emporium. But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder . . .

Liss has suddenly found herself in charge of the March Madness Mud Season Sale, a town-wide celebration created to boost the local economy during the slushy weeks of early spring. With businesses ailing after a rough winter, the pressure is on to make this year’s effort the can’t-miss-event of the season. But before Liss can get her hands dirty, her husband makes a horrifying discovery. There’s a dead man on their property, and he didn’t die of natural causes . . .

Stunned by the murder mystery developing in her own backyard, Liss receives another shock. The victim is identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle believed to have died eleven years before Liss was born. No one has seen or heard from Charlie since he went off to fight in Vietnam. What secrets could he have been hiding for so many years, and who would want to kill a man long thought to be dead?

Enlisting the help of her family, Liss uncovers more questions than answers as she delves into her uncle’s murky past. One thing is clear—before he met his end, Uncle Charlie was desperately trying to warn her about something sinister. And unless Liss can soon track down a maniacal criminal as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, she just might be the next MacCrimmon to disappear . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

We arrive in Moosetookalook, Maine just before the March Madness Mud Season Sale. Our protagonist Liss MacCrimmon of MacCrimmon’s Scottish Emporium is in charge of this year’s event. With many details to iron out, she knows she is going to busy. When her husband finds, or I should say Scotties, Dandy, and Dondi find a dead body in the backyard,  a body who is soon identified as Charlie MacCrimmon, an uncle who was thought to have died serving in the Vietnam war, Liss knows she is going to be way beyond busy. Where had he been all these years? Why did he come back to Moosetookalook now? Liss and her family try to answer these questions, plus another, Who killed Charlie MacCrimmon?

I love the idea of a long lost uncle. Sadly Liss never got to meet him but her mother is determined that she will find his killer, in fact, dragging her all the way to Florida to uncover the man’s past. Liss is strong and smart but her mother Vi is a force to be reckoned with. Both in solving the mystery and inserting her own event into the March Madness Mud Season Event. This being only the 3rd book in the series I have read I am still learning the family dynamics but I am glad to see these two women get closer. All the other supporting characters are well-developed too. The dialogues are crisp and realistic. This series would be the same without the pets, Scotties, Dandy and Dondi, and Glenora the cat. They always bring a smile to my face.

I was totally caught up in the mystery and the reason Charlie MacCrimmon came back to Maine when he did. I don’t want to give anything away but I was impressed the issue really involved the entire community. It included several twists and a moment that could have gone totally wrong. The author has laid out a very believable plot that kept me glued to the pages.

As a Wisconsinite, it is easy to identify with the muddy or not so muddy March weather. What a fun idea to celebrate the terrain left after the snow melts away. The events sounded like a lot of fun. Who doesn’t love slipping and sliding around with a group of neighbors and friends?

My one critique is that I am sorry that Liss is not happy running the family store and is thinking about just handling online sales. I hope she reconsiders, as in real life though many shops like this one are closing. I hope she can buck the trend and find joy in running the Scottish Emporium for a long time. I just love the word Emporium 🙂

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

My escapes this week are taking me to Michigan, home to Wisconsin and then to South Carolina!

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

Escapes Completed


A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Maine
My Review Will Be Up Tomorrow!


A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Colorado
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fatal Roots: A County Cork Mystery
by Sheila Connolly
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – Ireland
My Review will be up on Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Statue of Limitations (A Goddess of Greene St. Mystery)
by Kate Collins
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Michigan
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Crafter Quilts a Crime: A Handcrafted Mystery
by Holly Quinn
Release Date – February 11, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Bonbon with the Wind (Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – December 9, 2019
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

January 27 – February 2, 2020


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Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery) by Barbara Ross #Review / #Giveaway – @KensingtonBooks

SEALED OFF
Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-10: 1496717953
ISBN-13: 978-1496717955
Kindle ASIN: B07Q7X57MG

Early October is “winding down” time in Busman’s Harbor, Maine, but there’s nothing relaxing about it for Julia Snowden. Between busloads of weekend leaf peepers at the Snowden Family Clambake and a gut renovation of the old mansion on Morrow Island, she’s keeping it all together with a potentially volatile skeleton crew—until one of them turns up dead under the firewood.

When the Russian demo team clearing out the mansion discovers a room that’s been sealed off for decades, Julia’s baffled as to its purpose and what secrets it might have held. Tensions are already simmering with the crew, but when one of the workers is found murdered, things come to a boil. With the discovery of another body—and a mysterious diary with Cyrillic text in the hidden room—the pressure’s on Julia to dig up a real killer fast. But she’ll have to sort through a pile of suspects, including ex-spouses, a spurned lover, and a recently released prisoner, to fish out one clammed-up killer.

Dollycas Thoughts

We are back in Busman’s Harbor, Maine in the final days of the clambake season. Julia is so excited because when the clambakes end the demolition of the inside of the island mansion, Windsholme, can really get going. Hopes are to get as much done as possible before the weather shuts work down. The really cool thing is a Morrow relative that spent summers in the mansion has come to take a final look. Marguerite remembers her time there as a child and wanted to see the place one more time before the renovations. While not necessary for Marguerite to approve their plans Julia and her mother feel that it would nice to have her blessing. A surprising discovery is made right before Marguerite’s visit that sends the family on a quest to get answers. Another find may answer some of their questions.

With Snowden Family Clambake working with a skeleton crew to finish out the year there is clear there is some tension between two members of the team. The tension escalates to a fistfight that is broken up only to find one of them dead the next day under the woodpile of the island. Later Julia finds another body. Why is all this happening on her family’s island? Could the deaths be related to the discovery in the mansion or is there something else going on?

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I really loved this story. The historic part was fascinating and it comes with its own mystery. The family mansion has been vacant since 1929, so it was wonderful to hear an account of a family member from her little girl’s perspective. A discovery that has been Sealed Off in the mansion opens the door to another piece of history dating back to the late 1800s. I was completely captivated by this part of the book. The descriptions of the mansion are always very detailed, With each book in the series, the images in my mind become more vivid. I really am looking forward to reading more about the incredible renovation.

The current murders are a second mystery to solve. Julia has a vested interest because they took place on her family’s island and the prime suspect is not only her employee but the brother of her boyfriend Chris who has checkered past. It is a mystery full of red herrings. Julia found other suspects and works her way through the plethora of twists and turns. But by the end of the book, while the known mysteries are wrapped up, the author throws another one at readers leading to the next book.

Ms. Ross is a stellar storyteller. She has created characters that are easy to get invested in. The recurring characters continue to grow and the new characters get fleshed out quickly and have a true purpose to the story. Every time I open a book by Barbara Ross I know I am in for a real treat and that is just what Sealed Off was. Autumn in Busman’s Harbor was absolutely delightful. Leaf peepers and murder went together nicely but the history portions were my absolute favorite.

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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 OverMusseled OutFogged 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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 – 2020

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

My escapes this week are taking me to Scotland, back to Maine, Colorado and Ireland!

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

Escapes Completed


Death on the Danube: A New Year’s Murder in Budapest (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series)
by Jennifer S. Alderson
Release Date – November 15, 2019
Setting – Hungary
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Dead Week (A Cassandra Sato Mystery)
by Kelly Brakenhoff
Release Date – December 11, 2019
Setting – Nebraska
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Careless Whiskers (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – January 21, 2020
Setting – Mississippi
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


Sealed Off (A Maine Clambake Mystery)
by Barbara Ross
Release Date – December 31, 2019
Setting – Maine
My Review will post on Thursday!

Current Escape


Be Still My Bleating Heart (A Scottish Highland Mystery)
by Hannah Reed
Release Date – November 27, 2019
Setting – Scotland
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


A View to a Kilt (Liss MacCrimmon Mystery)
by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Maine
For Review


A Field Guide to Homicide (A Cat Latimer Mystery)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – January 28, 2020
Setting – Colorado
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fatal Roots: A County Cork Mystery
by Sheila Connolly
Release Date – January 7, 2020
Setting – Ireland
For Review

Future Escapes

January 20 – 26, 2020


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