Sep 302015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am thrilled to welcome Lizbeth Lipperman back to Escape With Dollycas! Her Dead Sister Talking Mysteries are a little edgier than her Jordan McAllister Mysteries. I call them Cozies with a kick 🙂

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GREAT FIRST LINES

Which one of you b–ches is my mother?

Wow! Is that a great line or what? It’s the first line of the Prologue for LACE by Shirley Conran. It’s been almost thirty years since I read the book, and it still has me in awe. My God! Who could stop reading after that? Here’s the blurb from Amazon.

Four elegant, successful, and sophisticated women in their forties are called to New York’s Pierre Hotel to meet Lili — a beautiful, young, and notoriously temperamental Hollywood movie star. None of the women knows exactly why she is there; each has a reason to hate Lili and each of them is astonished to see the others. They are old friends who share a guilty secret and who have for years been doing their best to keep that secret quiet. Their lives are changed forever, however, when Lili suddenly confronts them. When the women refuse to answer her, Lili proceeds to travel around the world through the playgrounds of the rich and famous, seeking to answer the question that has obsessed and almost destroyed her.

From Paris to London, from the boardroom to the bedroom, Lace takes the reader into the rarified world of five unforgettable women who are as beautiful, as complex and as strong as…lace.

I remember staying up half the night to find out the answer, but Ms. Conran didn’t make it easy. Chapter One began with the story of one of the women and moved on to each one as I hurried through the pages trying to find out which one had mothered this young woman. I wanted so desperately to cheat and skip ahead to the end, but I didn’t want to spoil it. The answer didn’t come until the last chapter. The book was made into a two-part miniseries in 1984, but it didn’t do it justice. The paperback is going for $29.42 right now on Amazon (Holy moly!) Although Ms. Conran wrote several more good books, none of them even came close to her genius in LACE, IMHO.

Why am I bringing up a thirty year old book, you ask?

Because every time I come up with a first line or a hook for my chapter endings, I think about this line. I ask myself, “Is mine as good as hers?” Sometimes, I surprise myself with a really good one, but most of the time I have to go back to the drawing board and rethink things.

mission to killSome of you may know I just released MISSION TO KILL, book #3 of A Dead Sister Talking/Garcia Girls Mystery, and I’m ready to start book #6 of The Clueless Cook/Jordan McAllister Mysteries. (All these are stand-alones and can be read without starting with the first one, BTW.) I’ve been lollygagging because I can’t come up with the perfect place to start this one. I believe an awesome first line is the hook of the entire book. You either grab the reader with it …or you don’t.

I’m hopelessly stuck. Where is Shirley when you need her? (Probably across the pond since she’s a Brit.)

Two of my better first lines are:

Before the night ends, I’m going to have sex with a total stranger. (Mortal Deception)

A pitcher of margaritas, a white sandy beach on the Pacific coast and a bunch of crazy women. Perfect for a killing. (Shattered)

So, I need a little inspiration. Tell me some of the great first lines or hooks that have stayed in your mind long after you read the book. Who knows? Maybe I’ll have an ‘ah ha!” moment and can get started on ENCHI-LOTTA BODIES before panic sets in.

“Which one of you b–ches is my mother?” won’t work in my cozy mystery!! Darn!

~Liz

About This Author

Liz Lipperman started writing many years ago, even before she retired from the medical field. Wasting many years thinking she was a romance writer but always having to deal with the pesky villains who kept popping up in all her stories, she finally gave up and decided since she read mysteries and obviously wrote them, why fight it? She’s currently working on two mystery series–the Jordan McAllister Mysteries (formerly the Clueless Cook Series) and The Garcia Girls Mysteries (formerly A Dead Sister Talking Series.) She wants readers to know that her G rated cozies are written as Liz Lipperman and her R rated, grittier mysteries as Lizbeth Lipperman.

She lives north of Dallas with her HS sweetheart hubby. When she’s not writing she spends her time doting on her four wonderful grandchildren.

mission to killMission To Kill
(A Garcia Girls Mystery)

3rd Book in Series
Mystery/Women Sleuths
Setting – Texas
Publisher: The Story Vault (September 11, 2015)
Paperback: 284 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1517289904
E-Book ASIN: B015AOY4XY
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Trouble follows the Garcia sisters, and this time a close family friend is in the hot seat. Once again they band together to come to his aid. But even with the trash-talking ghost of their dead sister, Tessa, making another appearance from the “other side,” they have their work cut out for them to keep their friend and sibling from wearing an orange jumpsuit.

After Emily Ruiz Santiago is killed in a shootout with police during a bank robbery in El Paso, Dr. Kate Garcia gets a call from a Houston lawyer. Seems the woman has left her sizable inheritance to Kate and family friend, Benny Yates, who runs the Mission of Hope, a soup kitchen for the down and out citizens of Vineyard. The problem is–the Emily they knew lived on the streets of Vineyard and died of a drug overdose three months before. Suspicion falls on Benny when another homeless person drops dead at the Mission, and he is listed as the beneficiary on the man’s recent life insurance policy.

The Garcia sisters go into sleuth mode once again to keep their friend out of jail, before they discover one of their own is also a suspect.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Lizbeth Lipperman had written yet another fantastic mystery!

I love Tessa and when she returns from “the great beyond” you know one of her sisters is in trouble. She drops in on Kate this time at a very inopportune moment, but Dr. Kate Garcia handles the surprise pretty well. That means Kate is the only one that can see or hear her. At that time they don’t know which of the sisters needs help but when Kate receives a call from a lawyer she knows it is her.  A woman has died and left her and her friend Benny an inheritance.  Kate and Benny are confused because the woman they knew was homeless, how could she have left the any money? The plot thickens when another homeless person dies and Benny seems to be the beneficiary of his life insurance policy. The Garcia girls have their work cut out for them as they try to sort through all the clues to keep Benny and Kate out of  a 10 x 10 jail cell.

This is such a great series. Kate, Lainey, Maddy, and Deena are quite a force to be reckoned with, together and separately. Even Lainey’s husband, the town sheriff, knows no matter what he says or how hard he tries the sisters are going to butt right into the middle of his investigation. This makes for some thrilling moments and some hairy situations. Tessa is hysterical, she adds the comic relief that keeps everything balanced and in the cozier realm. The dialogue between all the characters is fabulous, quick and real.

I have to say the mystery was pretty tricky even after we get the first big clue. It was a twisty, topsy, turvey ride from the start to the finish. There is a subplot too that has the beginnings of a romance. I enjoyed this part immensely.

In Heard It Through The Grapevine Lainey was the sister in trouble. In Jailhouse Glock it was Maddy. This time Kate was the one that needed help. Deena must be up next and I truly cannot wait for her story. All of these books can stand on their own but you should really start at the beginning because these sisters are such wonderful and unique characters. Tessa will surely have you laughing out loud in each, and every one of the mysteries is top-notch.

I have read everything Liz/LizBeth Lipperman has published and loved them all. She definitely is one of my favorite authors!

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Jun 082015
 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

This great meme is hosted by Sheila at
Book Journey”.
It’s a great way to start the week and
find out what other bloggers are reading.
My To-Be-Read pile has grown to an
unbelievable number thanks to this meme.

Sheila has started posting some reviews and Morning Meanderings.
Please keep her in your prayers.

As for me I still have tears often and miss Kris so much. Spending time with family helps. Kris’ daughter Natalie was with us over the weekend and for only 3 years old she is so smart. She asks to sit on my lap at the computer to see pictures of her daddy. She has such an imagination that we took a trip with all her stuffed animals on an airplane through the roof, picking up Aunt Betsy as we passed through the ceiling and her room and out the roof so we can all go to the zoo. My oldest daughter’s family joined us Friday night to watch Despicable Me, Natalie’s favorite DVD right now, and then we attended a family housewarming party on Saturday where she continued to laugh and play. Nana and Papa also received many hugs, kisses, and “LOVE YOU”‘s. I see so much of Kris in her and so wish her was still here to hold her hand and take her places both real and imaginary.

Here’s my recap of reading for last week and what I am planning this week.

FINISHED

Purl Up and Die (A Knitting Mystery)

Release Date: June 2, 2015
Guest Post and Review Here
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Release Date: June 9, 2015
Review will be up tomorrow
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Release Date: March 2, 2015
Maithili Pradhan will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

Let Me Die in His Footsteps: A Novel

Release Date: June 2, 2015
For Review
This one was pushed to this week because family time comes before reading time 🙂
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Smothered, Covered & Dead: (A Jordan McAllister Mystery)

Release Date: May 27, 2015
For Review

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A Fatal Chapter (A Booktown Mystery)

Release Date: June 2, 2015
For Review
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Summer’s List

Release Date: June 1, 2015
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Mar 252014
 

jailhouse glockJailhouse Glock
(A Dead Sister Talking Mystery)

2nd in Series
Mystery
Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (May 8, 2014)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738739939
It will be available as an e-book too.
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When the going gets tough, the Garcia girls get tougher…

As a rookie cop in Vineyard, Texas, Maddy Castillo—war widow, single mom, and the oldest of the five Garcia girls—is not exactly flush with cash. But her money problems are nothing compared to the trouble that starts when she’s framed for the murder of an obnoxious drunk.

Lucky for Maddy, the ghost of her dead sister and her three living sisters are on the scene to help. And help is exactly what Maddy needs—hardened criminals have descended on Vineyard, and one of them has lost a prized possession that turns out to be a treasure worth killing for.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book and thankfully NetGalley shortened that time just a bit. I love the Garcia sisters. especially Tessa! Just because she is dead doesn’t mean she can’t help catch a killer.   This time Maddy is the only one that can see and hear her because she is the sister that is in trouble.

Again these sisters rally together, this time to find out who is framing Maddy for murder. Maddy is the newest member of the Vineyard police force but when a prisoner is murdered on her watch, with her gun, she is quickly suspended until her name is cleared. Maddy’s sister just happens to be married to the head of the Vineyard’s Police Department. He begs the girls to let the police handle the situation but they just can’t keep from getting right in the middle of the investigation.

Lipperman has created wonderful characters. Maddy, Lainey, Kate, Deena and Tessa have that true sister relationship. They don’t always get along or agree with each other but when one of them is in trouble they come together, one even from her “eternal peace” to help. I love love the little digs they send each other and Tessa is hilarious. Maddy filters some of her words as she relays to the others what was said.

She has also written a very complex mystery, framing a cop isn’t easy. The story is full of so many twists and turns some even get  turned inside out. It was fun following the clues. There were more than a few surprises. The investigation even brings in an investigator from out of town that ends up renting a room from Maddie….

This story is soooooo goooooood!!!!!!

We continue to learn more and more about these sisters. I am really excited for what happens next. What or who will bring Tessa back for another visit? Only the author knows but I can’t wait to find out!!

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Dollycas

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About This Author

Lipperman has quickly become one of my favorite authors as she writes mysteries like this, cozies like Murder for the Halibut (A Clueless Cook Mystery) and thrilling suspense like Shattered. Her unique style shines through every one.

Find out more about this author at her webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Apr 162013
 

shattered

Shattered
Suspense/Thriller
Published by The Story Vault (March 25, 2013)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0615788296
E-Book File Size: 907 KB
ASIN: B00BSESWPW

Shattered

Jennifer Lozano has just landed in Costa Rica for a friend’s bachelorette party. She was hoping a few days on a sunny, sandy beach would help her get over her broken heart. She doesn’t even get out of the airport before she finds herself in the middle of a gunfight. The man she sat next to on the plane is gunned down and one of the gunman is hit as well. Her nursing instincts kick in and she tries to help the man closest to her only to find herself being taken hostage by a group of Colombian rebels. They use her a shield to get out of the airport and take her with them as they head back to Columbia. She hears her captors talking about killing her and leaving her on the side of the road but right now they need her. The man hit was their leader and her nursing skills are needed to keep him alive. As long as she does that they will let her live, but then what?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Wow! Wow! WOW!!!

Lipperman takes us deep into the Colombian jungle and like Jennifer the reader will be deeply affected by this group of Freedom Fighters. Men, woman and children fighting against the powerful Cali Cartel to make the region safe for them and others. Jennifer also has an awakening about her own life witnessing “the family” she has been drawn into and by the person who comes to rescue her. He too will learn his life path before was cloudy, but after his time in Columbia everything becomes clear and in total focus. It takes time before they both realize they want the same thing.

We are taken from Texas to Costa Rica then on to Columbia and back to Texas. It is quite a journey and you will be glued to the pages for the entire trip. The characters and settings are so real. This author is excellent in putting the reader right there. You can hear the gunfire, smell the food, and feel the heat. The reader is immersed into the story and you become invested in these characters.

I found this author through her cozy mysteries so I want to warn there is nothing cozy about this story. It is a suspense and thrill filled story with just a bit of romance and a strong sense of family dynamic. It is a story of courage and perseverance, hope and dreams! This is story for your keeper shelf because it is a story you will want to read again and again.

Wow!! You need to get this book today!! a perfect escape 5 STARFISH5 STARFISH

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