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Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery by Heather Weidner #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlights on
Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery

by Heather Weidner

About Film Crews and Rendezvous


Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Virginia
Level Best Books (October 25, 2022)
Number of Pages 240
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BHLSYBZ9

Hollywood has come to Fern Valley, and the one stoplight town may never be the same. Everyone wants to get in on the act.

The crew from the wildly popular, fan favorite, Fatal Impressions, takes over Jules Keene’s glamping resort, and they bring a lot of offscreen drama and baggage that doesn’t include the scads of costumes, props, and crowds that descend on the bucolic resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Added security, hundreds of calls from hopeful extras, and some demanding divas keep Jules’s team hopping.

When the show’s prickly head writer ends up dead under the L. Frank Baum tiny house in what looks like a staged murder scene with a kitschy homage to the Wizard of Oz, Jules has to figure out who would want the writer dead. Then while they are still reeling from the first murder, the popular publicist gets lost after a long night at the local honky-tonk and winds up strangled. Jules needs to solve both crimes before filming is canceled, and her business is ruined.

About Heather Weidner

Through the years, Heather Weidner has been a cop’s kid, technical writer, editor, college professor, software tester, and IT manager. Vintage Trailers and Blackmailers is the first in her cozy mystery series, the Jules Keene Glamping Mysteries. She also writes the Delanie Fitzgerald mystery series set in Virginia. Her Mermaid Bay Christmas Shoppe Mysteries debut in 2023.

Her short stories appear in the Virginia is for Mysteries series, 50 Shades of Cabernet, Deadly Southern Charm, and Murder by the Glass, and her novellas appear in The Mutt Mysteries series.

Originally from Virginia Beach, Heather has been a mystery fan since Scooby-Doo and Nancy Drew. She lives in Central Virginia with her husband and a pair of Jack Russell terriers.

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Special Guest – Michelle Bennington – Author of Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery
by Michelle Bennington

It is my pleasure to welcome Michelle Bennington
to Escape With Dollycas today.

Hi Michelle, 

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in the beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky. I’m a book hoarder who loves touring distilleries, which is, in part, why I wrote Devil’s Kiss. And I love touring historic sites—even more so if they’re purportedly haunted. I enjoy a wide array of arts and crafts and always take on more projects than I can reasonably manage, but somehow eventually get them done. And in my downtime, I love to watch reruns of The Great British Baking Show while snuggling with my Cockapoo, Maple. As a writer, I have more ideas than I’ll be able to write in my lifetime. Though I start each book with a plot, once I start writing, the plot quickly veers off course into uncharted, but more exciting territory. So, I guess I’m a Plantser, a plotter-pantser hybrid.

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I don’t do much research before writing. I just dive in and start writing. If I hit a spot where I don’t know something, I leave a note to myself in the manuscript to go back and research it. Depending on the topic, it can take me a few hours to a few weeks. Most of my research comes from online articles. But I also use topic-focused Facebook groups, books, documentaries, and in-person research. The amount of research I do depends on if I’m writing historical or contemporary. Historical work requires a ton of research down to the minutiae of daily life, so I can spend weeks, even months, in research through all stages of the manuscript development. By comparison, contemporary pieces are much easier and lighter in the research area, so I can usually get my questions answered quickly.

Do you ever suffer from Writer’s Block?

Rarely. I work on more than one manuscript at a time, so when I hit a wall with one book, I jump over to another one. I also enjoy a wide variety of arts and crafts which keeps the creative well full. So, when I’m struggling with a scene or a plot point, I do some other artsy thing; this focuses my mind on something unrelated to writing so my subconscious can work out my writing issue behind the scenes. By the time I return to my work, I find the problem is usually resolved. I also use another trick: I stop writing at a point when the writing is flowing rapidly. I make a few notes in the manuscript about where I want the story to go next, then I quit for the day. That way, when I come back to the writing, it doesn’t take as long to warm up and I can resume the flow. However, in the moments when I do have a block I find it’s one of two reasons: I either haven’t plotted enough or I simply need a break. Giving myself permission to stop writing isn’t easy, but it’s important.

What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?

At the time, I’m only traditionally published so I would say for anyone wanting to be traditionally published, it’s important to understand writing is a business and that’s how the publishers and agents are looking at it, too. When you query a book to an agent or publisher, it’s like going on an interview and it’s always a good idea to present yourself in the most professional manner possible. This means following the submission guidelines, researching how to write a compelling query, conducting yourself with professionalism, understanding who your audience is, what a hook is, and all the other details that go into this career. If possible, connect with a mentor who has experience in the field who can help guide you through the business and finding a critique partner who will tell you the truth about your writing is essential.

When you are not writing what do you like to do?

I work full-time in a non-writing career, so between the two, and my personal obligations, that doesn’t leave much free time. But when I do get free time, I love to read—of course. I read widely across almost all genres. I’m not too picky as long as the story or subject seems compelling. And I love a wide array of arts and crafts: dance, crochet, painting, puzzles—the list goes on—so I’ve always got some project going. And, of course, spending time with friends and family is always high on my list.

Did the COVID pandemic affect you and your writing?

Sometimes it affected my motivation. But I continued to work outside the home, which was probably my saving grace because it kept me pretty close to my normal routine. The thing that bothered me most was that I had planned on attending lots of writers’ conferences and workshops to grow my writing and to meet other writers, but that all fell through. I could’ve done some of them virtually, but I find I don’t get as much out of the virtual programs. I really prefer the in-person events, even though I’m really introverted because there’s just so much more to glean—the little bits of overheard conversations, the energy, the interactions, the vending / shopping experiences—all the things that virtual events can’t really match.

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I want to be on a beach in the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, the Maldives—anywhere quiet and secluded—just me and the ocean. There’s something about being near the ocean that completely recharges my energy, clears out the mental clutter, and helps me forget, if briefly, about the never – completed To Do list.

What is next on the horizon for you?

Lots of work! The second book for the Small Batch Series will be coming out next May, so I’ll be working on those revisions with my publisher soon. I’m also knee-deep in a self-publishing project that I hope to release later this year. Next October, the first book in the Widows & Shadows series—a historical mystery called Widow’s Blush—will be released. In the meantime, I’m working on revising a historical fiction manuscript based on a true crime. I’m also hoping to get out and about to as many conferences and workshops that I can. Of course, I’ll put all this information in my newsletters and on my website / social media as the release dates get closer. More than anything, I really want to meet other writers and readers and talk about what we love most—books!

You are one busy woman! 

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us today.


Now keep reading to learn about Devil’s Kiss!

About Devil’s Kiss

Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Kentucky
Level Best Books (May 31, 2022)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 278 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1685121128
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1685121129
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09Z3G9VZ9

Rook Campbell is broke, divorced, jobless, and in desperate need of steady employment, which is hard to come by in the small town of Rothdale, Kentucky. With the help of her friend and neighbor Bryan, she lands a good job at the Four Wild Horses Distillery and meets an attractive co-worker with lots of dating potential. Her life is finally headed in the right direction until a co-worker dies under suspicious circumstances and a shipment of rare small-batch bourbon goes missing. Worse, her personal life begins to unravel as her beloved grandmother falls ill. Normally she can depend on her ex, Cam, for help, but his new fiancée’s jealousy is getting in the way. As the body count rises, Rook becomes ensnared in discovering who’s committing the crimes—or she might be the next to die.

More About Michelle Bennington

Born and raised in the beautiful Bluegrass state of Kentucky, Michelle Bennington developed a passion for books early on that has progressed into a mild hoarding situation and an ever-growing to-read pile.

When she’s not creating contemporary or historical fictional worlds full of mysteries, she obsesses over all things British and historical. In rare moments of spare time, she can be found engaging in a wide array of arts and crafts, dance, and attending ghost tours.

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Purchase Links:

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Great Escapes Praise for Devil’s Kiss: A Small Batch Mystery
by Michelle Bennington

Bottom Line: For thirty years, I lived in the area where this story takes place, or at least the area it’s modeled after, and I loved revisiting it on the pages of Devil’s Kiss by Michelle Bennington.
~Reading is my Superpower

Devil’s Kiss by Michelle Bennington is a great first book in a new series. Ms. Bennington does an excellent job of writing this book. Just realize that with any good Southern mystery book, you should be excepting to have lots of snacks by you.
~Baroness’ Book Trove

Devil’s Kiss is an entertaining and lighthearted read that kept my interest from the first page to the last with all those elements of small-town communities I absolutely adore. I highly recommend this book to readers who love small-town communities as I do!
~Novels Alive

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Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery by Lida Sideris #Spotlight / #Giveaway @lidasideris – Great Escapes Book Tour


It is my pleasure to shine my spotlight on Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery
by Lida Sideris today!

About Gambling for Murder


Gambling with Murder: A Southern California Mystery
Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – California
Level Best Books (March 29, 2022)
Paperback, 260 pages
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QYW2VYG

A late-night call is all it takes for rookie lawyer Corrie Locke to kiss her day job at the movie studio goodbye, and do what she does best: flex her sweet P.I. skills and go undercover to find a senior who’s missing from a posh retirement community. One small stumbling block: skirting past security to gain inside access to the exclusive Villa Sunset. Time to call in the heavy artillery. Besides former security guard turned legal assistant—now wannabe P.I.—Veera, Corrie relies on a secret weapon: her mother, a surprisingly eager addition to Corrie’s team. Armed with enough pepper spray to take down a band of Navy Seals, Mom impersonates a senior to infiltrate the Villa, Corrie and Veera in tow. Turns out the job’s not as easy as they’d thought. These seniors have tricks tucked up their sleeves and aren’t afraid of using them.

 

The action gets dicey when the missing senior case turns into attempted murder by a criminal mind who’s always one step ahead. Corrie’s hot on the trail, but finds more than she bargained for…when her mother becomes a target.

 

About Lida Sideris

Lida Sideris’ first stint after law school was a newbie lawyer’s dream: working as an entertainment attorney for a movie studio…kind of like her heroine, Corrie Locke, except without the homicides. Lida was one of two national winners of the Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship Award and a Silver Falchion Award Finalist. She lives in the northern tip of Southern California with her family, rescue dogs and a flock of uppity chickens. To learn more, please visit: www.LidaSideris.com

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April 1 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 1 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
April 2 – StoreyBook Reviews  – GUEST POST
April 2 – MJB Reviewers – SPOTLIGHT
April 3 – The Mystery Section – SPOTLIGHT WITH RECIPE
April 3 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
April 4 – I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
April 5 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
April 5 – Christa Reads and Writes – REVIEW
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#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery by Sarah E Burr #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr


#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery
by Sarah E Burr

About #FollowMe for Murder


#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – In the fictional, seaside town of Central Shores, Delaware.
Level Best Books (February 15, 2022)
Print length ‏ : ‎ 300 pages
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09MYP1GGM

Meet 28-year-old influencer and celebrity blogger Coco Cline, who has started her own social media consulting firm in her hometown of Central Shores, Delaware. Her new clients, Sean and Olivia Chen, are ten days away from the grand opening of their specialty consignment shop when Coco stumbles across their store clerk Stacy dead behind the register.

Worried that a cloud of suspicion will ruin their chances of a successful business launch, the Chens ask Coco to work alongside the inexperienced Central Shores police force to speed up the investigation. Using her celebrity status and social media savviness, Coco realizes Stacy’s seemingly ordinary life was all an act. Following a trail of cryptic online posts, confusing timelines, and muddied gossip, Coco and her friends discover Stacy’s questionable relationships just might be the reason for her untimely demise.

Murder is about to go viral in #FollowMe for Murder, a Trending Topic Mystery.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Coco Cline has been a blogger and Instagram influencer for quite a while. She is now adding social media consultant to her resume. Her first clients are opening a consignment store and want their grand opening to be a rousing success. They are banking on Coco to boost their online presence. Sean and Olivia Chen have also hired a clerk to help them get everything set up and to help them man the store after it opens.

Coco has done a lot of work for the couple and when she arrives at the store for yet another meeting her clients are running late. She lets herself in with a key they provided and finds Stacy, their clerk dead on the floor. The Chens seem to be more worried about how the murder will affect their grand opening than they are about their dead employee. They ask Coco to work with the police to get the store cleared as quickly as possible so they will be ready to open as planned.

The Central Shores police have never really handled a crime like this and call in county reinforcements but they don’t seem to have much of a clue either. This leads Coco to use all her assets to investigate the murder herself. It isn’t long before she learns Stacy has some interesting relationships that just may have led to her death. Now Coco just needs to follow the clues to nab the culprit that made murder go viral in quiet Central Shores.


I love Coco Cline. She is an internet maven and can dig through social media threads to get the information she needs to track down a killer and the truth about the victim. It is amazing what she can find but she needs to use her keen intellect to put all the clues together. She is very relatable, professional, and understanding, so much so it could get her in trouble. She is like a breath of fresh air in the cozy world.

The author has also surrounded Coco with a great supporting cast. Charlotte and Jasper are true friends that have her back. They have their flaws but felt true to life. I am a little concerned about Coco’s boyfriend, Hudson though. The romance was the only part of this story that really didn’t work for me. I hope there is more to Hudson under the surface or Coco moves on.

The author has taken on a fresh theme. Police use the internet to solve crimes but these officers and staff have nowhere near the knowledge and capability of Coco. She does try to share everything she can with the cops but are they really following through.

Ms. Burr has plotted out a very convincing mystery with plenty of twists and turns to keep us readers on our toes. The story was well-paced leading up to a very exciting reveal. I made the mistake of starting this book late one night and only made it through about 20% when I had to put it down. I was excited to get back to it the next evening and I never left my seat until I read the last word.  The reveal and ending were fabulous and surprising.

I found #FollowMe for Murder to be a very entertaining read and a nice debut for this series. With so many people glued to their phones and social media accounts, this series is so timely. Even though I really enjoyed this book I may not be the perfect demographic for it. I think millennials will love it and maybe it will be their introduction to cozy mysteries and I am all for that!

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About Sarah E. Burr

Sarah E. Burr lives near New York City. Hailing from the small town of Appleton, Maine, she has been dreaming of being Nancy Drew since she was a little girl. Since Sarah wasn’t stumbling across any crime scenes in corporate America, she left her career in healthcare technology to write mysteries of her own.

Her novel #FollowMe for Murder, first in the Trending Topic Mysteries, shines the spotlight on a social media PR expert after she discovers a dead body in her clients’ store, forcing her to untangle a web of secrets in her small, beach-side town.

Sarah is also the author of the Court of Mystery series and the Glenmyre Whim Mysteries. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, currently serving as the New York Tri-State Chapter’s social media guru. When she’s not spinning up new stories, Sarah is off seeing Broadway musicals, reading up a storm, video gaming, and enjoying walks with her dog, Eevee.

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March 1 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #8 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Indiana, and Italy!

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

Escapes Completed


Live, Local, and Dead (A Vermont Radio Mystery)
by Nikki Knight
Release Date February 8, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Secret in the Wall: A Novel (Silver Rush Mysteries)
by Ann Parker
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery
by Sarah E Burr
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – Deleware
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Friday!


Fit For Murder (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
by Cassidy Salem
Release Date – October 25, 2019
Setting – Washington D.C.
My review will be up on Saturday!

Scheduled Escapes


Murder Faux Paws: A Nick and Nora Mystery
by T. C. LoTempio
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Batter Off Dead (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – Indiana
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Evil Under the Tuscan Sun (A Tuscan Cooking School Mystery)
by Stephanie Cole
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – Italy
For Review

Future Escapes

February 20 – 26, 2022



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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 – 2022


Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Vermont, California, and Deleware!

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

Escapes Completed


A Dash of Death (A Cocktails and Catering Mystery)
by Michelle Hillen Klump
Release Date – February 8, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Strong Suspicions: A Sophie Strong Mystery
by Amy Renshaw
Release Date – September 9, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up Thursday! 


Night Shift (A Helping Hands Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – July 28, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!


Remembering Rosie: Memories of a Wisconsin Farm Girl
by Nadine A Block
Release Date – June 22, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
I will be reviewing this book next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


Live, Local, and Dead (A Vermont Radio Mystery)
by Nikki Knight
Release Date February 8, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Secret in the Wall: A Novel (Silver Rush Mysteries)
by Ann Parker
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


#FollowMe for Murder: A Trending Topic Mystery
by Sarah E Burr
Release Date – February 15, 2022
Setting – Deleware
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Friday!

Future Escapes

February 13 – 19, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Ohio, Connecticut, and back to Wisconsin!

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

Escapes Completed


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery
by Teresa Trent
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour will stop here on next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


A Killer Sundae (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery)
by Abby Collette
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Ohio
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Show Me the Bunny (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
For Review


Stiff Competition (Mattie Winston Mysteries)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 1, 2016
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge

Future Escapes

January 30 – February 5, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York, Georgia, and Texas!

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

Escapes Completed


Wolf Hollow (A Lew Ferris Mystery)
by Victoria Houston
Release Date – January 11, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


Ice Cold Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!


Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel (Class Mom)
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – July 13, 2021
Setting – Kansas
My Flashback Friday Read!


Bake, Borrow, and Steal: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 28, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


Honey Roasted (A Coffeehouse Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – February 1, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


On Borrowed Crime: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery
by Kate Young
Release Date – October 6, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read!


The Twist and Shout Murder: A Swinging Sixties Mystery
by Teresa Trent
Release Date – January 4, 2022
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Tour will stop here on February 8, 2022

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January 23 – 29, 2022


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Lies of Omission: A Hanneke Bauer Mystery by Kathleen Ernst #Review


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

When Pomeranian immigrant Hanneke Bauer reaches Wisconsin in 1855, she believes her dearest dreams are coming true. After reuniting with her husband Fridolin at his farm near Watertown, she will help create a true home. Instead, she receives the shocking news that he is dead.

Hanneke quickly learns that Wisconsin life is not as bucolic as it seems. Alone and destitute, she is determined to discover the details of Fridolin’s death. Her efforts prompt animosity from his friends, anger the deputy sheriff and entangle her in the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment. Finding herself in danger, Hanneke races to learn the truth about her husband’s secrets and lies…before a killer can silence her forever.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Like many Pomeranian immigrants, Hanneke Bauer is coming to America full of dreams for her future. She has traveled a long way to reunite with her husband Fridolin and has finally reached Wisconsin. But he wasn’t there to meet her when she got off the ship so she makes her own way to Watertown anxious to start their life together. Her search leads her to a local hotel. There she learns her husband was killed in a freak farming accident and that he never mentioned to anyone about having a wife. The sheriff even tells her to get out of his town. Scared and unsure how to proceed she befriends a young pregnant woman who gives her a job and a place to rest. She quickly learns that America is not the safe haven she sought. She also knows in her heart her husband’s death was not an accident. As she tries to get to the truth she finds that her husband omitted much about his life in Wisconsin. She puts herself in danger to find out what he was hiding and why.  An investigation that could get her killed as well.


Kathleen Ernst is an amazing storyteller. In this first book in the Hanneke Bauer Mystery Series following the wonderful Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series, she takes her readers back to a tumultuous time in Wisconsin. In 1855 it was the height of the nativist movement where people were up in arms by all Irish and German Catholic immigrants flowing into the country. It was also the time of the Fugitive Slave Act and slaves who had escaped bondage traveled through Wisconsin north for freedom. We see this time through Hanneke’s eyes as she tries to make her way in her new world. The author has fictionalized this time but I think she captured it realistically.

Hanneke is a strong courageous woman, she had to be. She had no idea who she could trust especially when no one believed she was Fridolin’s wife. She also had no money to return home. Her friend Angela was a strong woman as well as she was dealing with making a life for herself after her brother left her. Both women are so well crafted. They are easy to identify with and root for. Ms. Ernst has surrounded these women with a real menagerie of supporting cast that ran the gambit of creepy, frightening, and mean. By the end, thankfully, a few helpful folks enter the story showing there were good people in the area. 

The mystery of Fridolin’s death was very complex. The title fits the story perfectly. Lies of Omission were the driving force behind all of Hanneke’s experiences. Her drive to delve for the truth was something I really admired. She made some wrong assumptions and walked dangerous lines which came from the perfectly timed twists the author plotted out so well. She also painted such vivid pictures with her words to set every scene whether Hanneke was walking down a dirt road or watching protestors marching through the town, or when she made an unbelievable discovery. With the story being set so close to home for me I felt even closer to Hanneke and her struggle.

Lies of Omission was a fantastic read. I am very excited about this series. The author draws from all her historical studies to write stories that stick with her readers. This one will surely stick with me until we get to visit Hanneke Bauer again. You will definitely find Lies of Ommission on my Best Reads List for 2022. I am giving it my Paradise Rating. Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

 

Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and bestselling author. Kathleen’s forty-one published books encompass mysteries, historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The Chloe Ellefson Mysteries feature a museum curator whose knowledge of the past helps solve contemporary crimes. Her children’s books include twenty titles for American Girl. Honors for Kathleen’s work include multiple Agatha nominations, an Edgar nomination, a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery, the American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Major Achievement Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Legacy Award for Children’s Literature, and an Emmy Award for Children’s Instructional Programming. Kathleen lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband Scott (AKA Mr. Ernst) and feline muse Eliza.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to nearby places in Wisconsin, then off to Kansas!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.
I had to switch one book up from last week’s schedule.
I will be reading and reviewing Death by the Finish Line soon.

Escapes Completed


Laughing Can Kill You: A Hazel Rose Book Group Mystery
by Maggie King
Release Date – November 25, 2021
Setting – Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Lies of Omission: A Hanneke Bauer Mystery
by Kathleen Ernst
Release Date – November 30, 2021
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up Thursday.


Pup Fiction (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read


Up to No Gouda (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
by Linda Reilly
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up next Tuesday!

Scheduled Escapes


Wolf Hollow (A Lew Ferris Mystery)
by Victoria Houston
Release Date – January 11, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


Ice Cold Murder (Charlie Kingsley Mysteries)
by Michele PW (Pariza Wacek)
Release Date – January 25, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!


Yoga Pant Nation: A Novel (Class Mom)
by Laurie Gelman
Release Date – July 13, 2021
Setting – Kansas
My Flashback Friday Read

Future Escapes

January 16 – 22, 2022


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