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Winter’s End: A Mystery (Alaska Wild) by Paige Shelton #Review @MinotaurBooks @AuthorPaige


Winter’s End: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
Suspense/Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Alaska
Minotaur Books (December 6, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250846595
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250846594
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09NTK1KVJ

The fourth installment in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series, Paige Shelton’s Winter’s End.

It’s springtime in Benedict, Alaska, and with the warmer weather comes an unseasonably somber local tradition…the annual Death Walk. At the end of each brutal winter, citizens gather downtown and then break into groups to search the community for those who might have somehow gotten stuck at home. Beth Rivers sets off with her friend Orin and dog Gus, toward the cabin of an elderly resident, intending to check on him.

When they reach the cabin, the old man is alive, but not in the best shape. Beth stays with him while Orin hurries to town for help, but it’s not Orin who returns. Gril comes back with shocking news, and it soon becomes clear that Orin has also vanished. When they discover that their friend has been doing some top-secret research, they start to worry he’s been exposed, or worse.

Meanwhile, Beth continues on her own search, for her father, who allegedly is alive in Mexico, but won’t return her calls. Still, she’s making progress in healing from her own trauma, though can’t quite shake the feeling she’s being followed…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Benedict, Alaska has a unique tradition due to the vastness of the area and the savage winter months. When the warmer weather of spring returns the annual Death Walk commences. Each citizen must check in downtown. Failure to do so means a visit from members of the community to check if they are still among the living. Newcomer Beth Rivers takes part in her first Death Walk and after checking in travels with her friend Orin and dog Gus to visit an elderly resident who has not appeared in town. They arrive to find the man alive but in a pretty bad state. While Orin leaves to arrange for him to be transferred to the doctor in town Beth stays to try to get some fluids into the man who is clearly dehydrated.

Sometime later Police Chief Gril returns to help Beth and tells her Orin has disappeared. When they return to town she also learns another of her new friends is missing too. Just what Beth needs in her life, more missing persons. She has been searching for her dad and her mother came to Alaska for a visit and took off without saying where she was going. She is also still recovering from her own traumatic event involving another missing man that needs to be caught. Beth also has the eerie feeling someone is watching her. On the upside, there is a new tenant at Benedict House, and boy can they cook!


Beth Rivers is a wonderful protagonist. She moved to Alaska to escape, to hide, from a man who kidnapped her and kept her locked in a van for 3 days before she was able to free herself. She was injured and hospitalized and with a little help, she left the lower 48 and touched down in Alaska to check in to Benedict House until her kidnapper could be caught. As a successful thriller author, using the pseudonym of Elizabeth Fairchild, she can write anywhere. Even in the wilderness of Alaska. Now with this 4th book, Beth is more settled. She has a routine and has made friends. Just a few know her true story but she has fit right into this unique town that is mostly made up of misfits, each with their own distinct story. Ms. Shelton has created a whole group of multifaceted characters including several new characters for this book. They all have layers that are slowly peeled away as the story/series continues. They are all intriguing in their own way and really draw you into the story.

There are several lines of mystery entwined together. A family feud, missing persons, a dead body, a mysterious individual, a weird landmark, and more all come together within these pages. The author has written a fast-paced riveting novel full of mystery and suspense. The location is almost a character in itself. I was able to clearly visualize every place our protagonist traveled. From where she lives at Benedict House, to the shed where she writes, the nearby library, the compounds at each end of town, and even the airport.

Winter’s End is another fascinating read from Paige Shelton. I escaped right into it and had a great time with the residents of Benedict, Alaska.

I have enjoyed every book in this series. I do recommend that you read them all in order to fully appreciate the character growth and development. Plus they are all fantastic reads. The best thing is that Beth’s story continues . . . but we have to wait until December when Lost Hours will be released. Ms. Shelton, can you see me tapping my foot? I am excited and impatiently waiting until that day.

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About The Author

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood, as her father’s job as a football coach took her family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City. She thought she’d only stay a couple of years, but instead, she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After many decades in Utah, she and her family moved to Arizona. She writes the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series and the Alaska Wild series. Her other series include the Farmers’ Market, Cooking School, and Dangerous Type mystery series.

The Rest of the Series

Coming December 5, 2023



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #2 – 2023

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Michigan and Illinois!!

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

Escapes Completed


Winter’s End: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Book 4)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Alaska
My Review will be up tomorrow!


A Streetcar Named Murder (New Orleans Mystery)
by T. G. Herren
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Louisianna
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!


Dial M for Meow (Bookshop Kitties Mysteries)
by Ruth J. Hartman
Release Date – January 10, 2023
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Of Mushrooms and Matrimony (A Tish Tarragon Mystery)
by Amy Patricia Meade
Release Date – January 3, 2023
Setting – ??
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


Bookclubbed to Death (Mystery Bookshop)
by V.M. Burns
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Michigan
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Rivalry Gone Wrong: A Cheer Moms Mystery
by L.C. Turner
Release Date – January 10, 2023
Setting – Illinois
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

January 8 – 14, 2023


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #1 – 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Alaska, Louisiana, and Indiana!!

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

Escapes Completed


Muffin But the Truth: A Bakeshop Mystery
by Ellie Alexander
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Oregon
I will post My Review tomorrow!


Rum and Choke (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – December 27, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Dark and Snowy Night (Seaside Knitters Society)
by Sally Goldenbaum
Release Date – September 27, 2022
Setting – Massachusetts
I will post My Review on Thursday!


Word to the Wise (A Library Lover’s Mystery)
by Jenn McKinlay
Release Date – September 3, 2019
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Winter’s End: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Book 4)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Alaska
For Review


A Streetcar Named Murder (New Orleans Mystery)
by T. G. Herren
Release Date – December 6, 2022
Setting – Louisianna
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!


Dial M for Meow (Bookshop Kitties Mysteries)
by Ruth J. Hartman
Release Date – January 10, 2023
Setting – Indiana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

January 1 – 7, 2023 


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The Burning Pages: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton #Review @MinotaurBooks @AuthorPaige

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The Burning Pages: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
Cozy Mystery
7th in Series
Setting – Edinburgh, Scotland
Minotaur Books (April 5, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1250789486
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250789488
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B092T9PSLR

Delaney Nichols faces off against an elusive arsonist in the seventh Scottish Bookshop Mystery, The Burning Pages, from beloved author Paige Shelton…

One winter’s night, bookseller Delaney Nichols and her coworker Hamlet are invited to a Burns Night dinner, a traditional Scottish celebration of the poet Robert Burns. She’s perplexed by the invitation but intrigued. The dinner takes place at Burns House itself, a tiny cottage not far from the Cracked Spine bookshop but well hidden. There, it becomes clear that Delaney and Hamlet were summoned in an attempt to make amends between Edwin, Delaney’s boss, and one of the other invitees, who suspected Edwin for burning down his own bookshop twenty years ago after a professional disagreement.

But after the dinner, there’s another fire. The Burns House itself is burned to the ground, and this time there’s a body among the ruins. When Hamlet is accused of the crime, Delaney rushes to prove his innocence, only to discover that he might actually have a plausible motive…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Robert Burns is known as the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night is celebrated around the world with Burns Suppers on the poet’s birthday. This year Delaney Nichols is invited to a local Burns Night Supper being held at the Burns House and she takes her friend and coworker Hamlet along as her guest. Unsure why this small group offered her the invitation she and Hamlet arrive cautiously at the event with Elias waiting outside in the car in case they wish to make a hasty exit. This is exactly what happens when they learn their invitation was only extended to make an effort to get their boss and another member of the group to reconcile a long-running feud. The member thought Edwin was the person responsible for burning down his bookshop twenty years ago and still believes so today.

Later that night a dead body is found when a fire burns the Burns House to the ground. Hamlet was seen back at the house shortly before the fire and becomes the prime suspect in the blaze and the murder. Delaney soon is on the case to prove his innocence but when some secrets are revealed she sees that is not going to be an easy task and she may need some extra help.


All my favorite characters return and they are joined by Delaney’s fabulous brother Wyatt in the seventh installment of this wonderful series. These core characters all continue to grow but the focus this time is truly on Hamlet when Delaney finds something surprising on the dark side of The Cracked Spine.

Delaney’s discovery is twisted up with the Robert Burns celebration and Edwin’s past connections to the local group. Readers are introduced to the small group including high-profile defense attorney Clarinda Creston and it is clear the woman is hiding something. To clear Hamlet Delaney must investigate the past and more twists and secrets take the story in several directions. I recall the moment the light bulb when off in my head as to who the real guilty party was but I wasn’t able to nail down everything until the very end. This author does an excellent job of misdirection.

Let’s face it, Delaney has a dream job in a dream location. I was so happy she was able to share it with her brother Wyatt and that he was able to help her in her sleuthing even if it meant just staying at the bookshop and keeping Rosie company. I loved the way they found a fast friendship and the way he found a place quickly within the group. I am so happy he agreed to visit again soon.

The Burning Pages was a sensational read. I love the way Paige Shelton tells a story and I really enjoyed the Robert Burns theme. She penned a complex story with multiple mysteries that kept me totally engaged from beginning to end. Her descriptions took me right in the middle of every scene and into Delaney’s exciting life. Again, the author has given me A Perfect Escape. Until next year, I can hardly wait.

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About The Author

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood, as her father’s job as a football coach took her family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City. She thought she’d only stay a couple of years, but instead, she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After many decades in Utah, she and her family moved to Arizona. She writes the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series and the Alaska Wild series. Her other series include the Farmers’ Market, Cooking School, and Dangerous Type mystery series.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #14 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to California, North Carolina, and the Rockies!

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

Escapes Completed


Ink and Shadows (A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel)
by Ellery Adams
Release Date – January 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
My Review


The Burning Pages: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 5, 2022
Setting – Scotland
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Three Shots to the Wind (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fake Death: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Four Aunties and a Wedding
by Jesse Q. Sutanto
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – California
For Review


Pleading the Fish: A Beachfront Cozy Mystery (Seaside Café Mysteries)
by Bree Baker
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


The Yarn That Binds (Clear Creek Mysteries)
by Rebecca McKinnon
Release Date – April 14, 2022
Setting – A Small Town in the Rockies
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

Future Escapes

April 3 – 9, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Scotland, Florida, England!

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

Escapes Completed


Put Out to Pasture: An Organic Cozy Mystery (Farm to Table Mysteries)
by Amanda Flower
Release Date – February 22, 2022
Setting – Michigan
My Review will be up tomorrow!


Knit or Dye Trying (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Release Date – April 5, 2022
Setting – Maryland
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Cheddar Off Dead: A Cheese Shop Mystery
by Korina Moss
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – California
My Review will be up on Thursday! 

Current Escape


Ink and Shadows (A Secret, Book, and Scone Society Novel)
by Ellery Adams
Release Date – January 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


The Burning Pages: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – April 5, 2022
Setting – Scotland
For Review


Three Shots to the Wind (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery)
by Sherry Harris
Release Date – March 29, 2022
Setting – Florida
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Fake Death: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – April 8, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Friday!

Future Escapes

March 27 – April 2, 2022


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Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Series) by Paige Shelton #EarlyReview @MinotaurBooks @AuthorPaige

I had planned on reading this book closer to its release date of December 7 but I kept seeing it pop up on Facebook and on my Kindle so I just had to read it now.

Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild Series)
Suspense/Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Alaska
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Minotaur Books (December 7, 2021)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 288 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 125079627X
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1250796271
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08R2KMM3M

Dark Night marks the third book in the gripping, atmospheric Alaska Wild series from Paige Shelton, in which Benedict, Alaska is met with some unexpected visitors…and then disappearances.

Winter is falling in the remote town of Benedict, Alaska, and with the cold comes a mysterious guest. The dreaded “census man,” seemingly innocuous, is an unwelcome presence to those members of this secretive community who would prefer to keep their business to themselves. Meanwhile, thriller writer Beth Rivers has received her own unexpected company: her mother. The last Beth heard, Mill Rivers had gone underground in the lower forty-eight, in search of Beth’s kidnapper, and Beth can’t help but be a little alarmed at her appearance: If Mill was able to track down her daughter, who knows who else might be able to?

Beth doesn’t have time to ponder this for long after a battered woman stumbles into the town bar one night, and her husband is found dead the next morning. Suspicions immediately turn to the census man, but when he, too, goes missing, everyone in Benedict—including the police chief—is suspected, and Beth and Mill must work to uncover the truth.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The days are getting darker and colder and winter comes to Benedict Alaska. The ferry and aircraft come and go less frequently so making the trek to Juneau is hit or miss depending on the weather. Some of the residents handle the darkness, cold, ice, and snow better than others. People who have lived in Benedict for years all have their own ways of coping and for most, it is just their daily lives.

Residents were surprised when the “census man” arrived in town and he definitely was not welcomed with open arms. He made a definite impression with his visit to Ned and Claudia Withers. After the man left their home Ned beat up his wife and by the next morning, Ned was dead.

Also making the trip to Benedict is Mill Rivers. Her daughter Beth has been hiding in this faraway town since recovering from the injuries sustained when she was kidnapped while her captor is still at large. He was injured when her mother found and shot him but he got away again. She was charged for her actions but has gone on the run. So Beth is both shocked and scared that her mother tracked her down after all her efforts to stay safe.  If her mother found her can her kidnapper be far behind?

So with a murder to solve, a couple of fugitives in town, a census man wandering around, and the probability of a kidnapper stepping off the ferry and day now, Police Chief Gril has his hands full. Maybe Beth and her mom can assist him or will they die trying? Who knows when everyone in town and beyond are on a very long suspect list.


Again, I was thrilled to receive an early copy of this book for review and I couldn’t wait to start reading. The first two books in this series, Thin Ice and Cold Wind really stuck with me and I have been really looking forward to this installment for some answers and another suspenseful adventure with Beth Rivers.

Ms. Sheldon doesn’t disappoint. So much happens within these pages, it is the kind of book that has you opening it up and holding on tight until you reach the end.

First, the setting of Benedict, Alaska is a character in itself. It is a living and breathing place. The weather is frigid, a blizzard can blow through quickly or take up residence and drop multiple inches of snow, or it can be a clear cold day where business can go on as usual. It can have secrets and reveal them at its will. The author describes the place so well I had shivers running up my spine and was tingling when its residents ventured out in the vastness of Alaska.

Beth has survived a horrific experience that left her scarred physically and mentally. She is a powerful character but she still has demons she needs to remember and face before she can truly start to heal. She does have a heartwrenching breakthrough in this story. She also gets several answers thanks to her mother showing up in Benedict.

Her mother is a hard woman due to the life she has lived and her need to track down Beth’s father and now her abductor. She is also a bit of a loose cannon as you never know what she is going to say or do.

These two women are surrounded by a vast supporting cast. I am in awe of the way the author has created so many characters with so many layers and so much depth. And not everything about their lives has been revealed. The characters are well-developed but still have room to continue to evolve.

Yes, there is a murder mystery to be solved in this book but there are a plethora of mysteries swirling within these pages. Secrets abound. Delving into people’s lives to find a murderer opens doors that lead to astounding revelations. Masterfully plotted this is a story that is impossible to put down.

The Alaska Wild Series is a series that truly should be read in order. Readers need to follow Beth’s path. Her leaving Missouri on the run, her arrival in Benedict, and all the things she encountered in Thin Ice lead to the continuation of her adjustments to Alaska life, and all her experiences in Cold Wind, and that builds to what happens in Dark Night and hopefully future books. There is a large cast of characters and reading the series from the start will enable readers to meet them and follow their journeys.

I have totally escaped into every book in this series. They have held me spellbound and kept me thoroughly entertained. I finish one and get immediately excited for the next installment. Dark Night like the book before it moved me to feel it deserves more than 5 stars. Dark Night has earned a place on my Best Reads of 2021 and receives my Paradise Rating.

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Read my review of Thin Ice here. and my review of Cold Wind here.

Dark Night is available for pre-order now and will be delivered to your inbox on December 7.
You can also pre-order a print copy as well.

About The Author

PAIGE SHELTON had a nomadic childhood as her father’s job as a football coach took the family to seven different towns before she was even twelve years old. After college at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, she moved to Salt Lake City where she thought she’d only stay a few years, but she fell in love with the mountains and a great guy who became her husband. After a couple of decades in Utah, she and her family recently moved to Arizona. She also writes the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series.

Paige Shelton is also the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries. She’s lived in lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at www.paigeshelton.com


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #43 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Texas and Massachusetts!

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

Escapes Completed


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge
My Review


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
My Review Will Be Up Tomorrow.


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday.

Current Escape 


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Scheduled Escapes


The Girl You Killed
by Leslie Wolfe
Release Date – October 19, 2021
Setting – Texas
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Tuesday!


An Eggnog to Die For (A Cape Cod Foodie Mystery)
by Amy Pershing
Release Date – November 9, 2021
Setting – Massachusetts
The Great Escapes Tour stops her for Cozy Wednesday next week!

Future Escapes

October 24 – 30, 2021


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2021

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, West Virginia and Alaska!

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

Escapes Completed


Howloween Murder (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 25, 2020
Setting – Connecticut
My Flashback Friday Read and my book for
the Alphabet Soup Mini Challenge. My Review


A Brush with Murder: A Paint by Murder Mystery
by Bailee Abbott
Release Date – October 21, 2021
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday.


The Enemy You Gnocchi: A Christmas Cozy Mystery
(Italian Chef Mysteries)

by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – New York
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday.


Mistletoe Cake Murder (All-Day Breakfast Cafe Mystery)
by Lena Gregory
Release Date – October 12, 2021
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday.

Scheduled Escapes


Let Her Be (Hush collection)
by Lisa Unger
Release Date – July 30, 2020
Setting – ??
My Flashback Friday Read and
for my Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Challenge


Getaway With Murder: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 26, 2021
Setting – North Carolina – Blue Ridge Mountains
For Review


Trouble Brewing (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – October 18, 2021
Setting – West Virginia
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Wednesday.


Dark Night: A Mystery (Alaska Wild)
by Paige Shelton
Release Date – December 7, 2021
Setting – Alaska
For Review

Future Escapes

October 10 – 16, 2021


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A Trail of Lies: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery) by Kylie Logan #Review


A Trail of Lies: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Ohio
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 11, 2021)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-10: 1250768632
ISBN-13: 978-1250768636
Kindle ASIN: B08FZ8143D

A Trail of Lies is the third in the Jazz Ramsey mystery series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan.

Jazz Ramsey is just getting used to the idea that her on-again-off-again beau, Nick, might actually be a permanent fixture, when she gets an alarming call in the middle of the night from his mother, Kim: there’s a dead man in her backyard. Kim has a long history of drinking and a vivid imagination, so when Jazz’s human remains detection dog, Wally, finds no evidence of a body, Jazz thinks she can breathe easy.

But when the body of a middle-aged man, Dan Mansfield, is discovered in a nearby park, and a photo of Nick and his mom is found in his pocket, Jazz has to admit that something isn’t adding up. Kim claims not to know who Dan is, but the cops find out soon enough: he’s a recently paroled convict who served thirty years for murder. And when Jazz traces his crime back to a bar fight with an antiques dealer, she ends up with more questions than answers.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jazz Ramsey works at St. Catherine’s Preparatory Academy, an all-girls school as an administrative assistant. She handles the day-to-day details to keep the school running smoothly. Right now her focus is on the Fall Formal which she will be attending without her boyfriend Nick because he is on assignment with a gang task force. It’s a dangerous job that causes Jazz constant worry. So when she gets a call in the middle of the night from Nick’s mother, Kim, saying she needs Jazz right away because “it’s Nick . . . Nick, he’s . . . he’s dead in my backyard”, she rushes to Kim’s house while trying to reach Nick but her call goes to voice mail. She arrives at Kim’s house and hurries to the backyard but after a quick search, she doesn’t find a body. Nick or anyone else. Kim is a “raging alcoholic” so not the most reliable witness so Jazz is not totally surprised. Kim also changes her story, saying it wasn’t Nick but a different man and that she killed him. Jazz stays long enough to calm Kim down and then goes home thinking Kim’s story is a drunken illusion.

Then Dan Mansfield is found dead in a park near Kim’s house. He has a photo of a younger Kim and Nick in his pocket. Kim claims not to know the man but clues leads Jazz to believe Kim is lying. Now Jazz has more questions than answers and she fears there will be a whole trail of lies before this case is solved.


Jazz is an excellent protagonist. She is smart, strong but tenderhearted too. She has tried to stay away from Kim but with Nick out of town, she feels she needs to stay present in Kim’s life not only to solve a murder but because she starts to see Nick’s life growing up. She realizes he was more parent than child in the relationship with his mom. I appreciated the way the author dealt with Kim’s alcoholism. It was very realistically portrayed, and it does give the story a more serious tone than what we usually find in a cozy mystery. Ms. Logan does a great job though of balancing the darker tone with some fun things too. I love the relationship Jazz has with her co-workers. They are truly friends and support each other. Sister Eileen does something surprising in this story and it makes me like her even more. Of course, a certain Airedale named Wally lightens the story up too. Still, in training his antics bring the humor when needed. I thought all the core characters developed over the course of the story but I was really caught up in what we learned about Nick’s life.

The mystery was extremely well-plotted. It really focused on Kim’s life and the people in it over the years. With some nice twists and suspenseful moments the book really held my attention. Ms. Logan gave us plenty of suspects but several red herrings too that made it very hard to pin down the actual killer. Jazz truly was like a dog with a bone. Even when her own life was in peril she did not give up. That made for a very exciting story from beginning to end.

The title A Trail of A Lies fits this story so well. While it can be read as a stand-alone, I encourage reading the series from the start in order for maximum enjoyment.

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Read my review of The Scent of Murder here and The Secret of Bones here.  

About the Author

Kylie Logan is the national bestselling author of The League of Literary Ladies Mysteries, the Button Box Mysteries, the Chili Cook-Off Mysteries, and the Ethnic Eats Mysteries, among others.

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