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Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin



I am very happy to welcome Dane McCaslin to Escape With Dollycas today!

Hi Dane, 

Hi Everyone! 

Books – and reading them – are among my favorite things to collect. My cozy mystery collection is still in a growth spurt, and the bookcase holding my poetry books is threatening to dump the double-layered shelves on the floor if I don’t get another bookshelf. It’s all my own fault, of course: I simply cannot pass up “just one more book” over and over. I blame it on my genetic makeup. We are collectors by nature and readers by choice, and the more books we have around us, the better we like it.

When I was young, I loved visiting my grandmother. Her book collection was amazing, and my favorite book in it was a collection of poems by James Whitcomb Riley. There were a couple that I always requested to hear, and one of them was a delightful poem called “Knee-deep in June”. The first stanza goes like this:

Tell you what I like the best —
‘Long about knee-deep in June,
‘Bout the time strawberries melts
On the vine, — some afternoon
Like to jes’ git out and rest,
And not work at nothin’ else!

The visuals in his words were magical to me, even at a young age. When I became an English teacher, I was absolutely delighted to introduce my students to Riley’s poetry. And yes, “Knee-deep in June” was always included. Not only was this the perfect way to show my high schoolers how to create imagery, it also exposed them to the vernacular of a place and time they’d never see.

And I loved every minute of it, of course.

Which brings me to this: Have you ever read anything that sticks in your mind simply because the words sang to you? If so, consider sharing them with those around you. You might just open a whole new world for them the way my grandmother did for me.

And you might just be the one to induct another devotee into the magnificent world of words.

~Dane

Thank you Dane so much for visiting today!

Keep reading for my thoughts about Playing Possum

About Playing Possum

Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Press (October 5, 2021)
Number of Pages: 300 (approx.)
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08SJ2VFHP

The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service is purring along, thanks to the entrepreneurial talents of retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin and her bestie and business partner, Nora Goldstein. But when the fur starts to fly, they become partners in crime detecting as well . . .

At Nora’s request, Gwen is happy to accompany her to a meeting with ex-hubby #3’s lawyer. Much to Nora’s surprise—and dismay—she’s been named executor of said ex’s will. The fact that the man has been missing for years and was just declared legally dead only makes an already complicated process more so. And besides, is he really dead? What’s not a surprise is that Nora’s twin ex-stepchildren are pressing for access to their father’s dry cleaning fortune . . .

With Gwen’s assist, it’s time for Nora to do a little digging. It turns out that the twins’ catering business is failing—and that their dad’s business was laundering more than clothing. Soon, Gwen and Nora are infiltrating a long list of dirty deeds, including fraud and illegal gains. And the perpetrators are all too close to home. The police may want Gwen and Nora to stick to their own line of work, but the pair are determined to make sure the truth comes out in the wash—before someone ends up in the discard bin . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gwen Franklin and Nora Goldstein have turned 2 Sisters Pet Valet Service into a very successful small business but they need to leave their employees in charge when Nora is named executor of ex-hubby number 3’s will. Apparently, the man has been missing for years and his children have had him declared dead. That raises some red flags for Nora and Gwen. There is no love lost between Nora and her twin ex-stepchildren and she knows they may be up to something hinky. So she and Gwen hit the road and find out that their dad’s laundry business is laundering more than just clothes and surprise, surprise, the twins catering business is on its last legs.  She is also not sure if her ex is really dead? With no body, she wouldn’t be surprised if he was playing possum and laying low somewhere. The police would like them to just back off and leave the investigating to them but Nora and Gwen are not going to stop until all their questions are answered and all the truth comes out.


Okay, Nora has finally won me over and I love Gwen even more. Nora is still her pushy self but Gwen is really starting to hold her own. These women have been friends since childhood but now with Gwen’s retirement, they are together almost 24/7 so it took a little time for this closeness to evolve. They do make a great investigation team.  I also like the way Brent and Rachel’s relationship has grown. She really is the perfect match for him. I am also enjoying Gwen’s blooming relationship with Roger. She deserves to have a happy relationship. I am over the on again and off again relationship of Nora and Marcus. At times it is hard to tell who is using who. She seems to be wasting a lot of money backing his business as he continues to cheat on her. She doesn’t have a good track record with men. I wish she would find someone to really love and love her back even with all her faults.

The new characters introduced in this story run the gambit of swarmy to criminal. They really put Gwen and Nora through the wringer but these ladies are like dogs with bones, they keep going back again and again as they strive to find the truth but their luck may have run out. The mystery they are trying to solve is a twisted one, each clue drags them in deeper and deeper. They were treading very close to “too stupid to live territory” though with their persistence.

The author did temper the mystery with plenty of humor. Even in the direst straights, she knew when to bring the funny. She also cracked me up with Brent’s way to get into Gwen’s house. I knew what he was going to say when she asked him but it still gave me a good giggle. The road trip that included Brent, Rachel, and Marcus was pretty funny too. You can’t take Nora anywhere, she just has to make trouble.

Playing Possum is definitely my favorite book in this series. I was totally entertained following along with all the crazy chaos these characters brought to this story. I hope this series continues because I am anxious to see what the author has in store for them next.

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About Dana McCaslin

McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #39 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to South Carolina and staying there for a bit!

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

Escapes Completed


Deep Bitter Roots (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date April 15, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!


The Glitter End: A Cozy Mystery (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – Montana
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week.


Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week.

Current Escape

It Cannoli Be Murder: A Culinary Cozy Mystery (Italian Chef Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – July 28, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Twisted Tea Christmas (A Tea Shop Mystery)
by Laura Childs
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Perfect Bind (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Future Escapes

September 26 – October 2, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #38 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Montana and Oregon!

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

Escapes Completed


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

My Review


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up tomorrow. 


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday.

Current Escape


Deep Bitter Roots (Deep Lakes Cozy Mystery Series)
by Joy Ann Ribar
Release Date April 15, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Glitter End: A Cozy Mystery (Stationery Shop Mystery)
by Vivian Conroy
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting – Montana
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday next week.


Playing Possum (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – October 5, 2021
Setting – Oregon
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week.

Future Escapes

September 19 – 25, 2021 


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Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #Review / #Giveaway


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Underground (March 23, 2021)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 187 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1516110188
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516110186
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08BXB523Z

Retired schoolteacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet project—and a sideline in sleuthing. But this new case has a dangerous sting in the tail . . .

Gwen’s calendar has been filling up ever since she was hounded by her best friend, Nora, into starting 2 Sisters Pet Valet Services. Now they’ve been invited to attend the annual Clear the Shelter event, hosted by Portland’s very own blonde bombshell newscaster, Babs Prescott. Babs is convinced she’s top dog among local celebrities, but it’s clear that someone disagrees when Babs’ body is found following a downtown press conference.

A story this juicy would be headline news at any time, but especially once local crime reporter Shelby Tucker is arrested for the murder. Gwen was Shelby’s high school teacher, and she’s sure her former pupil is innocent. But in that case, who was itching to take Babs out of the spotlight for good? As Nora and Gwen investigate, they find personal mysteries at odds with Babs’ public persona, all leading to a killer who’s not pussyfooting around . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

2 Sisters Pet Valet Services is surprisingly still up and running and gaining clients. So much so that Gwen and Nora have been invited to the annual Clear the Shelter event which will be hosted by Babs Prescott, a local newscaster with overwhelming assets. Sadly someone decided to cut Babs’ broadcasting career short. Her body is found in a parking garage following a press conference and local crime reporter and Nora and Gwen’s friend Shelby Tucker has been arrested for the crime. Shelby was one of Gwen’s best students and she knows the woman wouldn’t kill anyone. So again, the 2 Sisters insert themselves in another investigation this time to determine who took down the blonde bombshell.


Oh, my stars! The Friendly Bean is Nora and Gwen’s home away from home but Gwen likes her coffee “dark and black and hot”. She may be convinced to try a cappuccino or a mocha but the woman has her limits.

When Nora tried to press her into a healthier drink she had this response . . . “Not if it means drinking milk made from nuts. If God meant us to drink almond milk, he’d have given them little almond boobs”.

In the first book in this series, Doggone Dead, I really didn’t like Nora because of the way she ran roughshod over Gwen but this time Gwen gave as good she got a lot more often. Don’t get me wrong Nora is still as overbearing as ever and she did insert herself into one event that really made me want to tug on her leash and pull her right out of the book to allow Gwen to enjoy herself without Nora’s interference. I feel Gwen has grown quite a bit from the first book and still has plenty of room to grow. Nora has shown her true colors and I am not sure she has any desire to change or grow.

I did enjoy Shelby taking on a larger role but hated that she was the main suspect in Babs murder. Brent is a flawed character and could eat 24/7 if there was food in front of him. I do feel both Gwen and Nora have taken advantage of his child-like nature. I am glad he has found Rachel and that she cares for him just the way he is.

I loved that we met more canine characters. Sometimes the pets can steal the scene and that is just fine with me.

The mystery this time was interesting as the suspect list continued to grow. Several meetings were held to discuss the case and plenty of food was eaten and coffee drank. I was excited by the new additions to the group. The ladies get a big assist from a surprising source that seemed to fit seamlessly with the group too. There were a few nice twists and I was surprised when the whodunit was revealed.

The Pet Valet Service goes on hiatus during the investigation and I was sad to see this as a lot of humorous scenes stem from their canine, feline, and aviary clients. They did agree to take on one special case but that experience ended up being pretty short.

Cat’s Meow . . that title puzzles me a bit  . . . was a very entertaining read with amusing characters and a lighthearted mystery investigation. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Playing Possum with be out on October 5.

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About Dana McCaslin

McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #37 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, Oregon, and Connecticut!

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

Escapes Completed


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
Review will be up tomorrow!


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Review will be up Thursday!

Current Escape


Ukulele Murder: A Nani Johnson Aloha Lagoon Mystery (Aloha Lagoon Mysteries)
by Leslie Langtry
Release Date – June 30, 2016
Setting – Hawaii
My Flashback Friday Read and for the Alphabet Soup and
Literary Escapes Challenges.

Scheduled Escapes


Mocha, She Wrote: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – June 29, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review


Burden of Poof (Bonnie & Clyde Mysteries)
by Julie Anne Lindsey
Release Date – September 15, 2021
Setting – Georgia
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


The Corpse in the Gazebo (A Food Blogger Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – September 28, 2021
Setting- Connecticut

Future Escapes

September 12 – 18, 2021 


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Indiana, Arkansas, and Oregon!

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

Escapes Completed


Murder with Orange Pekoe Tea (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery)
by Karen Rose Smith
Release Date – September 7, 2021
Setting – Pennsylvania
Review will be up tomorrow!


Death of a Red-Hot Rancher (A Love Is Murder Mystery)
by Mimi Granger
Release Date – September 14, 2021
Setting – Ohio
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


What the Cat Dragged In (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
by Miranda James
Release Date – August 31, 2021
Setting – Mississippi
Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


No Grater Crime (A Country Store Mystery)
by Maddie Day
Release Date – August 24, 2021
Setting – Indiana
For Review


Swimming with the Fishes: An Ozarks Lake Mystery
by Marc Jedel
Release Day – August 27, 2021
Setting – Arkansas
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday.


Cat’s Meow (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – March 23, 2021
Setting – Oregon
For Review

Future Escapes

September 5 – 11, 2021


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#FlashbackFriday – Doggone Dead (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries) by Dane McCaslin #Review / #Giveaway

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.

Doggone Dead (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Lyrical Underground (August 25, 2020)
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 183 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 151611017X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1516110179
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07ZPL51NL

Retired high school teacher Gwen Franklin has a new pet valet business with her BFF, and a whole new leash on life. But a killer is about to come sniffing around . . .

Gwen Franklin is looking forward to spending her retirement drinking her favorite coffee and reading mystery novels. Those peaceful plans are brought to heel by her best friend, Nora. Sporting stiletto heels, leggings, and a “more is better” makeup routine, fifty-something Nora Goldstein has a penchant for marrying—and divorcing—rich men. Now that Gwen’s got free time, Nora figures they should start a dog-walking and pet-sitting service together.

But it’s far from a walk in the park when the corpse of Linda Fletcher is found in Nora’s kitchen. Linda was Nora’s nemesis, and the large knife protruding from her chest points to murder. With no doubt that her bestie’s being framed, Gwen puts her sleuthing skills—acquired from reading every Agatha Christie mystery—to the test as she digs through suspects, including four disgruntled ex-husbands, ten greedy ex-stepchildren, not to mention all her exes’ exes. But with death threats and another body surfacing, can Gwen curb a killer before her own (dog) days come to an end?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Gwen Franklin has retired from teaching and is looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing with some good mystery books and her favorite cup of coffee. But her best friend Nora Goldstein has other ideas. She calls and wakes Gwen up early with another harebrained scheme. She has summoned Gwen to The Friendly Bean to tell her all about it.

Nora has decided Gwen now has plenty of time on her hands so it is the perfect time for the two women to go into business together and her big idea is a pet-setting service that includes dog walking. She is excited about all the money they will be raking in even though Nora already has her own fortune collected from the several exes she has left behind. Gwen has to be careful, she can only earn so much money before it affects her pension and she is severely allergic to animals including dogs. But Nora doesn’t seem to care, they head back to Nora’s condo to firm up the details to promote the new business over a cup of tea.

But their plans are going to have to wait. The dead body of Nora’s neighbor and arch enemy Linda Fletcher is lying in a pool of blood on Nora’s kitchen floor with a knife protruding from her chest. Gwen knows her friend is pushy and can be overbearing but she wouldn’t kill someone, especially in her immaculate kitchen. Also, her reaction is not an act, her face goes pale and she is trembling like a leaf. That means someone is trying to frame her for the crime.

Nora’s extended family starts dropping in thinking Nora was the one killed and being sadly disappointed. Some are quickly dealt with but most want to know what they will inherit when Nora does kick the bucket and if there was any way they could get their inheritance now.

Gwen knows her retirement is going to include some amateur sleuthing to clear her friend. Sleuthing that could make her the killer’s next victim.


I really didn’t like Nora. A best friend would have allowed her friend to at least enjoy being retired for a few days. Plus she comes across as a very entitled woman with more money than sense. She is rude to everyone including Gwen. She has been married and divorced several times and comes out richer after each relationship. She also dresses like a 20-year old on high stiletto heels and wears make-up applied with a trowel instead of a gentle hand. But Gwen has known her since childhood and has stood by her and has let her bowl over her for years. I would expect a retired school teacher who has dealt with a room full of children would have more backbone.

We also meet Brent, a former student of Gwen’s who was a crazy uber driver.  They hire him to do most of the work for Nora’s new business scheme. The ladies try to do some pet sitting themselves but it doesn’t go well. It is kinda comical though.

The mystery does have several suspects but it is overshadowed by the craziness of the pet sitting business and all the stepchildren coming to call. The clues to the mystery are dropped haphazardly through the story until the big reveal of the killer. I am happy to say I did have the culprit as number one on my suspect list but I need more of the motive explained which happened at the end.

I did enjoy the ending very much with the two main characters in a happy place in very different ways. Gwen had some redeeming qualities that won me over but the verdict is still out on Nora.

Doggone Dead is an interesting start for this series. There are some very quirky characters and some endearing pets. There was a lot of madcap comedy which I really enjoyed. I would have liked a stronger mystery but for the first book in a series, the author did a great job of introducing the characters. I am looking forward to seeing what hijinks they get up to next.

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About Dana McCaslin

McCaslin began a life-long love of mysteries at a very young age. She bypassed Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden and went straight for Agatha Christie, thanks to her mother’s library books. Dane is retired from a twenty-plus-year career in teaching high school and college English, and she uses her newfound freedom to read for pleasure, write mysteries, and smell the roses.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #34 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Oregon, North Carolina, and New York!

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

Escapes Completed



Chili to Die For (A Willow Crier Cozy Mystery)
by Lilly York
Release Date – November 18, 2015
Setting – Oklahoma
My Flashback Friday Read and for Literary Escapes Challenge
My Review


Railroaded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery)
by J.C. Eaton
Release Date -August 24, 2021
Setting – Arizona
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Cajun Kiss of Death: A Cajun Country Mystery
by Ellen Byron
Release Date – August 10, 2021
Setting – Louisianna
The Great escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Doggone Dead (The 2 Sisters Pet Valet Mysteries)
by Dane McCaslin
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting -Oregon
My Flashback Friday Read!


X Marks the Murder: A Wendy Grace Mystery
by Pam Stucky
Release Date – April 1, 2021
Setting – Oregon
Amazon Purchase for Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge.


Partners in Lime: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery
by Bree Baker
Release Date – August 31, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Deadly Summer Nights (A Catskill Summer Resort Mystery)
by Vicki Delany
Release Date – September 14, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

August 22 – 28, 2021 


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Cozy Wednesday featuring Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery) by Lena Gregory #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


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Whole Latte Murder with you today!


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory

About Whole Latte Murder 


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Florida
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation Lyrical Press(April 27, 2021)
Paperback: 206 pages
ISBN-10: 1516110498
ISBN-13: 978-1516110490
Digital ASIN: B08F2X8NGW

Ex-New Yorker and local diner owner Gia Morelli is still getting used to the sweltering Florida sun. But this summer she’ll have to deal with a more dangerous kind of heat—when she’s hot on the trail of another murderer . . .

 

Summer in Boggy Creek has arrived, and Gia’s best friend, successful real estate agent Savannah, is getting hitched. Now she’s enlisted Gia’s sleuthing talents in a desperate search for the perfect wedding dress. But when Savannah mysteriously vanishes after showing a mansion to a bigwig client, Gia investigates the house Savannah was trying to sell. The first clue she finds is Savannah’s car in the driveway. Inside the house, they stumble on Savannah’s potential buyer—dead. Someone had apparently closed the deal—with a two by four full of nails to the client’s head. Soon afterward, a woman’s body is fished from the lake near the same house. The townsfolk are now sweating bullets over the murders, and the heat comes down on poor Gia to find her missing friend, and track down the killer . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s summer in Boggy Creek and Gia is excited to help her BFF Savannah plan the perfect wedding. They just have to find a venue that meets their needs without breaking the bank. A big commission could really help real estate agent Savannah have the wedding of her dreams. She sets off to meet a wealthy client at the priciest home for sale in the area planning to meet Gia for some dress shopping later.

There were some concerns about her meeting this man by herself and when Savannah fails to pick up Gia and doesn’t answer her phone Gia sets off to find her friend. She arrives at the mansion and finds Savannah’s convertible in the driveaway but no Savannah. She does however find her client, dead, looking like he was hit upside the head with the nearby two by four full of nails. The police arrive and also find a woman’s body in the nearby lake. Thank God, it wasn’t Savannah, but where is she? Friends and family gather at Gia’s cafe while the police start a search. Everyone is frantic with whole latte worry. Will they find Savannah? and will they catch the killer before they strike again? Gia will not rest until they do!


The characters in this series have grown so much over the course of five books. Gia and Savannah are such a great team. When Savannah goes missing you can feel Gia’s pain jump off the pages. Savannah’s fiance Leo and her cousin Hunt along with most of the community search to find the real estate agent. It was heartwarming the way everyone came together.

With Savannah in peril, we get to see her brothers and father in action. They are a close-knit family and have welcomed Gia as one of their own. Trevor also has a larger role in this story and Alfie returns for a little technical support. All the cafe regulars return as well. Ms. Gregory has created a cast of truly genuine characters.

What I really love about the All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mysteries is the emphasis on friends and family. The characters really feel like old friends who would open their arms and hearts to anyone in need.

The mystery gets off to a very quick start. Savannah’s client has a shady past and possible mob connections. Gia’s house gets broken into and the treatment of a certain Bernese Mountain Dog had me absolutely livid.  Money is missing from several places and there is something hinky going on at Savannah’s real estate office. All these things are tangled together in a way that had the pages flying so fast I think my Kindle was steaming. Again the girls go to some crazy and dangerous lengths that had me holding my breath but I wouldn’t expect any less from this dynamic duo.

Whole Latte Murder is a Whole Latte good! Great characters and a fantastic story full of twists and turns along with just a little humor and romance make this book a Perfect Escape!

I am excited about Savannah and Leo’s wedding and look forward to pulling up a virtual seat for it and whatever murder mystery the author comes up with. I highly recommend every book in this series!

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About Lena Gregory

Lena Gregory is the author of the Bay Island Psychic Mysteries, which take place on a small island between the north and south forks of Long Island, New York, and the All-Day Breakfast Café Mysteries, which are set on the outskirts of Florida’s Ocala National Forest.

Lena grew up in a small town on the south shore of eastern Long Island, but she recently traded in cold, damp, gray winters for the warmth and sunshine of central Florida, where she now lives with her husband, three kids, son-in-law, and four dogs. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and walking. Her love for writing developed when her youngest son was born and didn’t sleep through the night. She works full time as a writer and a freelance editor and is a member of Sisters in Crime.

To learn more about Lena and her latest writing endeavors, visit her website at http://www.lenagregory.com/, and be sure to sign up for her newsletter here.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, Florida, and Rhode Island!

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

Escapes Completed


Peachy Scream: A Georgia B&B Mystery
by Anna Gerard
Release Date – August 11, 2020
Setting – Georgia
My Flashback Friday Read! – My Review


Dial A for Aunties
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – California
My Review will be up tomorrow! 


Southern Sass and a Battered Bride (A Marygene Brown Mystery)
by Kate Young
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Legally Blind Luck (Braxton Campus Mysteries)
by James J. Cudney
Release Date – April 15, 2021
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Treasure Most Deadly: (A Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast Mystery)
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – April 28, 2021
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Whole Latte Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – April 27, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

The Ghost and the Haunted Portrait (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle

Release Date – May 4, 2021
Setting – Rhode Island
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

April 25 – May 1, 2021



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