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New Release Tuesday – December 13, 2016 Edition

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Welcome to the 2nd New Release Tuesday of December!

These wonderful books are available today! 

Changing Things Up A Bit To Bring You New Books By The Week! 

Pot Luck (An Elliott Lisbon Mystery)

Ill Met by Murder: A Shakespeare in the Catskills Mystery

Curried Away: A Spice Shop Mystery

Buried in the Country: A Cornish Mystery

The Reek of Red Herrings: A Dandy Gilver Mystery

A Merry Christmas Wedding Mystery, Georgie Shaw Cozy Mystery

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being released in December.
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HAPPY READING EVERYONE!!

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New Release Tuesday – December 6 – 8, 2016

I can’t believe it’s December!
Are you ready to go shopping!!
You know books make amazing Christmas Gifts!

Make your lists and get cozy with some great reads! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

These wonderful books are available today! 

Changing Things Up A Bit To Bring You New Books By The Week! 

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Better Of Thread by Amanda Lee goodreads-badge-add-plus

Egg Drop Dead by Laura Childsgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Crime and Catnip by T.C. LoTempiogoodreads-badge-add-plus

Prose and Cons by Amanda Flowergoodreads-badge-add-plus

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow by Sue Ann Jaffariangoodreads-badge-add-plus

Dead, Bath and Beyond by Lorraine Bartlett with Laurie Cassgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Frosty the Dead Man by Christine Husomgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Spouse on Haunted Hill by E.J. Coppermangoodreads-badge-add-plus

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Fatal Fiction by Kym Robertsgoodreads-badge-add-plus

The Red Queen Rules by Bourne Morrisgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Trigger Yappy by Diana Orgaingoodreads-badge-add-plus

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Cover Me In Darkness by Eileen Rendahlgoodreads-badge-add-plus

Don’t Tell Anyone by Eleanor Graygoodreads-badge-add-plus

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New Release Tuesday – October 2016

It’s my favorite day of the month!!
Are you ready to go shopping!! 

Make your lists and get cozy with some great reads! 

NEW RELEASE TUESDAY 2014

Welcome to New Release Tuesday!

These wonderful books are available today
and throughout the month

wherever fine books are sold.
Click on the book covers below to order from Amazon.com

Paws and Effect (Magical Cats)
Sofie Kelly was my guest last Thursday!
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The Hammett Hex (A Book Collector Mystery)
I spotlighted this book on Saturday!
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Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Joyce will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday tomorrow!
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Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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Seeds of Deception (An Orchard Mystery)
I will review on October 13!
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Crepe Factor (A Scrapbooking Mystery)
Terrie Farley Moran will be my guest for Cozt Wednesday on October 19.
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Masking for Trouble (A Costume Shop Mystery) Touring with Great Escapes!
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Michelangelo’s Ghost (A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery)
Touring With Great Escapes!
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Also out today

Coming Out October 8

A Memory of Muskets (A Chloe Ellefson Mystery)
Kathleen will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday on October 12.
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Unlucky Charms (A Superstition Mystery)
This book is touring with Great Escapes!
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Coming October 11


Coming October 15

Coming October 17

Deadly Wedding (The Deadly Series)
Touring with Great Escapes and will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday October 26!

Being Released October 18

Coming October 24

Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders)
Touring With Great Escapes!
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Coming October 25

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Flashback Friday – #Review / #Giveaway – Doing It at the Dixie Dew by Ruth Moose @MinotaurBooks

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On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I missed when they were first
released that have been screaming at me from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

I am so excited to be reviewing books again for Flashback Friday!
This book was actually on my wish list when the publicist contacting about reviewing the 2nd book in the series. She made my day when she offered to send me both. So be sure to come back next Tuesday for my review of Wedding Bell Blues!

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Doing It at the Dixie Dew:
(A Beth McKenzie Mystery)

1st in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – North Carolina
Minotaur Books (May 6, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1250046383
E-Book ASIN: B00GET8T8Q
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Who says you can’t go home again?

When Beth McKenzie returns to her hometown and attempts to turn an old Southern mansion into a bed and breakfast called The Dixie Dew, her first guest is murdered. Three days later a young priest who looks better in tennis whites than cleric black is found strangled in his chapel. The whole town of Littleboro is turned upside down, inside out, and Ossie Delbardo, the town cop whose job heretofore mainly involved controlling football traffic on Friday nights, is not cut out to solve the murders. Beth fears her newly opened B&B is in danger of failing. She’s even more worried that she is Ossie’s number one suspect. Aided by her friend from high school and trusty handyman, she sets out to discover the truth of the murders.

Littleboro has its share of characters, some of which are helpful and others misleading. There’s Crazy Reba who lives in a tree, bathes in any bathtub she finds empty, and Dumpster dives; Verna, the town know-it-all and affectionate owner of Robert Redford, a huge white rabbit; and Miss Tempie Merritt, music teacher and organist who always wears hat, gloves, and lace-trimmed white socks. When Beth herself is attacked, there’s no more time for baking muffins and stenciling pineapples on the porch. She’s in a race to uncover her neighbors’ secrets before her hometown becomes her burial ground.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Doing It at the Dixie Dew is a divine debut!

Our first home was right next to a PBP (Pepto Bismol Pink) house so the cover grabbed by attention right away. Then when I had the book in my hands and started reading about Beth McKenzie returning to Littleboro, North Carolina, because her grandmother was dying I was drawn right in. She made sure her “Mama Alice” had the best of care until she passed. That left Beth with an old Southern Mansion that needed a lot of work and not enough money to do it all. But she got enough done to open a B&B and The Dixie Dew became a reality.

Lavinia Lovingood arrived as the first guest but sadly she checked out early and permanently from this earth the next day. Three days later a young priest is murdered and we learn Lavinia’s death was murder too! Not a great start for The Dixie Dew. Enter Ossie Delbardo, cop without a clue. Littleboro has a very low crime rate and because Beth is newly back in town it has be all her fault. Well hold on tight, she is not taking is accusations ans insinuations lightly. She will find out whodunit x 2 all on her own.

Classic small town and some of the characters take quirky to an all time high. The basically normal folks include Beth, of course. Ida Plum had known Mama Alice for years and basically hires herself to help Beth with the B&B.  Beth’s contractor is in her corner and willing to help in any way he can. For me he sounds like one “McDreamy” of a guy who wears a tool belt. The rest I will leave for you to read about and classify.

This is a book full of Southern charm and funny moments. The plot ebbed and flowed naturally as Beth pondered and wandered to get the clues to fall in place.  But there were some places where I sat up straight and gripped the book tightly, almost holding my breath until things were resolved for those moments and then again as everything fell into place for Beth at a very scary time and place. My heart was actually racing and for just a second I thought there was going to be a horrible twist. Thankfully I was completely wrong.

I was so surprised to learn the author wrote this story 27 years ago. It had won the Malice Domestic St.Martin’s Press Award for first novel. Then in 2014, she updated it and it was released in the form available today. Next Tuesday, Wedding Bell Blues, will be released picking up where this story left off.  For those of you that have waited all those years to return to Littleboro, your wait is almost over. I am so lucky because I get to read them back to back.

perfect 2016

Dollycas
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Cozy Wednesday with Wendy Sand Eckel – Author of Death at the Day Lily Cafe – #Review / #Giveaway

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to welcome Wendy Sand Eckel to Escape With Dollycas today! 

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One day in Miss Haver’s fourth grade class, I decided I was going to live in the State of Mary-land when I grew up. We were studying the fifty states and their capitals and I had become en-amored with Maryland’s flag. It was the coolest flag I’d ever seen.

This is the State Flag flying on a flagpole against a blue sky. The flag has black and white checks with its symbol in the center.
This is the State Flag flying on a flagpole against a blue sky. The flag has black and white checks with its symbol in the center.

At the time, I lived in New Philadelphia, Ohio, population 14,000. It was a nice enough town, with a football team that was referred to as the ‘Fighting Quakers.’ No one seemed to catch the irony. But growing up I felt as if I had been squeezed into shoes that were too small. So on that fateful day in fourth grade, I hatched a plan to bust out of there first chance I got.

I didn’t make it to Maryland until I was twenty-four. I started out in the suburbs of Washington D.C. where I learned to drive like a beltway bandit and developed a loathing for tourists. But once my children were born, it was time to find a quieter place in which to settle.

murder at barclay meadowWhen I moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I fell in love with the unique atmos-phere and culture of the place. I loved it so much, I chose it as my setting for my Rosalie Hart mystery series. In the first of the series, Murder at Barclay Meadow, Rosalie arrives on the East-ern Shore after learning of her husband’s affairs. She settles into an old farm house bequeathed to her by a beloved aunt and that’s where her adventures begin.

The only way to get to the Eastern Shore from the west is to traverse the terrifying and sometimes paralyzing, Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At 4.3 miles long and a maximum clearance of 186 feet, driving over it is an experience that can trigger shallow breathing and light headedness in even the hardiest of drivers.

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Once you touch down on the Eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay you have entered ‘the land of pleasant living.’ The terrain is pancake flat and prone to flooding due to the matrix of riv-ers and inlets carving out the shoreline.

During his tenure as Maryland’s governor, William Donald Schaefer made it his mission to build a major highway through the Eastern Shore all the way to the Atlantic. He termed it, ‘reach the beach.’ Unfortunately he was overheard referring to that region of his state as ‘the **** (rhymes with spit) house side of Maryland.’ To this day you can still find pickup trucks sporting bumper stickers expressing pride for being from such a place.

Death at the Lily CaféBut the Eastern Shore isn’t to be passed over. It is rich with culture, history, and it’s own unique flavor of quirkiness. Acres of smart growth legislation have kept most of the towns small, the farms big, and the big box stores quarantined to strips along the highway.

I lived in Kent County, located about 20 miles north of Route 50, the highway that slices through the middle of the ‘shore’ for eight wonderful years. The county seat has a population of 4,000. It has remained that size for hundreds of years.

In Kent County it’s not unusual to find watermen in their rubber waders at the mini stop stocking up on a case or two of beer at four in the morning before they go out on the water to hunt for blue crab, giant rockfish, or bushels of oysters. One town in particular has a shoes op-tional policy. It isn’t written in law, it’s just one of those things that everyone knows.

The land is rich, the people kind and friendly, doors are never locked, and street signs are superfluous. I nestled in when I arrived and soaked it up. But the residents of Kent County are proud people and are often suspicious of newcomers like me (and Rosalie Hart!). Rightly so be-cause most don’t stay. New arrivals often try to modernize and ‘improve’ the small towns. But inevitably they slow their pace, speak with the slightest hint of a twang, and forget where they put their house keys.

I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that I found myself back in a small town. Although small enough, Kent County felt different from the home of the fighting Quakers. On the Eastern Shore the land is lush and the culture flavorful. People are tanned and weathered from life on the wa-ter, both for work and pleasure. One feels connected with the soil. Relationships tight. Families close by. Moods become tidal. Both feet are planted solidly on the ground.

Not long ago I was visiting there and happened to drive by a house I had always ad-mired. I pulled off the road when I noticed a ‘for sale’ sign swaying in a light breeze. That sign is gone now. The house is mine. Back on the shore my blood pressure is lower, my heart rate a little less frenetic. When I look out my window at the Chester River I can’t help but smile. I’m back, and these shoes fit just right.

~Wendy

Death at the Lily Café

Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery
(Rosalie Hart)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Maryland
Minotaur Books (July 26, 2016)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250058614
E-Book ASIN: B01AGFYU0O
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Rosalie Hart has finally opened the café of her dreams. Decked out with ochre-tinted walls and stuffed with delicious organic fare, the Day Lily Café is everything Rosalie could have hoped for. But not five minutes into the grand opening, Doris Bird, a dear and trusted friend, cashes in on a favor–to help clear her little sister Lori of a first degree murder charge.

With the help of her best friend and head waiter Glenn, Rosalie is on the case. But it’s not going to be easy. Unlikable and provocative, murder victim Carl James Fiddler seems to have insulted nearly everyone in town, and the suspect list grows daily. And when Rosalie’s daughter Annie gets caught in the crossfire, the search for the killer becomes personal in this charming cozy perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson and Joanne Fluke.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A couple of months ago received an offer to review this book. I took one look at the cover and knew I had to read this story. I also knew I had to invite the author to visit here for Cozy Wednesday. I was delighted when she accepted.  I had not read the first book in the series but I threw that rule of mine right out the window too, but now I plan to go back and read it. Let me tell you why.

Rosalie Hart is one of those characters you root for to succeed. She had an ex-husband that cheated on her and she divorces him and moves to her aunt’s farmhouse in Maryland. The first book covers that and from the synopsis much more.

In this installment she opens the Day Lily Café serving organic fruits, vegetables and eggs from her organic farm.  Opening day has arrived and instead of worrying about her restaurant her friend, Doris Bird, rushes in and begs Rosalie for her help. Doris’ sister Lori is the prime suspect in a murder. A murder she most certainly didn’t commit, but the dead man was Lori’s husband and she did have motive, means and opportunity. So all Rosalie’s friends pitch in both at the café and the investigation especially when Rosalie’s daughter Annie ends up in danger.

There is a strong feeling of friendship between these characters woven throughout the entire story. Some are still getting to know each other, just like us readers. Sometimes Rosalie’s questions are little off putting but you know she means well. She needs to know parts of their other’s histories not only to eliminate them as suspects but also because she wants to get to know them better. There is plenty of room for growth in each and every character in future stories.

The murder takes place away from the café and Rosalie is not the one to actually find the body which is very different in this genre. I liked this change, clues and the investigation are seen from a different perspective. The author also touches on subjects not usually found in cozy mysteries giving it a more edgy feel.

The author is very descriptive in her writing from what people are wearing, to what food they are eating. She also sets the scene very well. The Day Lily Café sounds like and from the cover looks like an amazing place.

I found this to be a very enjoyable read, I really liked the ending. A great little preview of what can be coming in book #3. If you haven’t read Murder at Barclay Meadow, start there and then you will be ready to rush right into this one.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas
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About The Author

Wendy Sand Eckel is the author of the Rosalie Hart mystery series set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Murder at Barclay Meadow, the first in the series, was published by Minotaur Books in July, 2015. Death at the Day Lily Café was released by Minotaur on July 26, 2016. A member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the International Association of Crime Writers, she has degrees in criminology and social work and a passion for words and their nuanced meanings. Find out more at www.wendysandeckelauthor.com.


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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #31

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I am looking forward to a wonderful week of reading and enjoying this summer days! 

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
My Review 
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here today!
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Wendy Sand Eckel will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Homicide in the House (Washington Whodunit)
Release Date – June 15, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour stops here Thursday!
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Murder in the Secret Garden (A Book Retreat Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
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The Book of Beloved (Pluto’s Snitch)
Release Date – August 9, 2016
Carolyn Haines will be my Special Guest on August 9!
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Clock and Dagger (A Clock Shop Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
Julianne Holmes will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #30

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
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Wisconsin Author and Wisconsin Setting
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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All You Need Is Fudge (A Candy-coated Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
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Live and Let Growl (A Melanie Travis Mystery)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Laurien Berenson will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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A Most Curious Murder: A Little Library Mystery
Release Date – July 12, 2016
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A Midwinter’s Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
Release Date – October 7, 2014
My Flashback Friday Book
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Grilling the Subject (A Cookbook Nook Mystery)
Release Date – August 2, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here August 1!
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Death at the Day Lily Cafe: A Mystery (Rosalie Hart)
Release Date – July 26, 2016
Wendy Sand Eckel will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Special Guest – Marla Cooper – Author of Terror in Taffeta – #Review / #Giveaway

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I am super excited to have Marla Cooper visit today!

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Help me plan my next escape!
By Marla Cooper

I always knew I’d have fun writing a mystery series about a destination wedding planner. Sending my main character off to far-flung places with people she barely knew? All with the stress and drama that a wedding brings about? And everyone expects her to be able to fix things? I knew I’d found the perfect setup for chaos and mayhem.

TERROR IN TAFFETAWhat I didn’t realize is how much fun I’d have living vicariously through my main character’s travels. Each book is set in a different location, and so far, I’m loving our adventures together.

The first book, Terror in Taffeta, is set in San Miguel de Allende, a small and exceedingly romantic colonial village in central Mexico. (Think cobblestone streets, strolling mariachis, and a 17th-century church bordering the town square.)

Book two is set in the California Wine Country, with rolling hills covered in vineyards and beautiful wineries that include Victorian farmhouses, gothic mansions and regal chateaus. It’s a beautiful place to get married, and as an added bonus, I get to drink wine “for research.”

So now comes the fun part: choosing a destination for book three! Let’s take a moment to daydream together, shall we? So far, my nominees are:

Hawaii: White sand beach fringed by swaying palm trees. Remote waterfalls that can only be accessed by helicopter. Crystal-clear lagoons where sea turtles frolic in the water. And umbrella drinks! I think having my main character plan a beach wedding at some point is practically mandatory. The only question is, should it be Hawaii or someplace more exotic, like the Cayman Islands?

Reykjavik: I talked to a library group and the conversation turned to future destinations. One woman nominated Reykjavik, and I have to say, I’m intrigued! It seems like everyone is going there—but since I’ve never been, I’d have to go on a research trip before I even got to start writing. Of course the Northern Lights would play a part. Maybe someone disappears while everyone’s busy staring up at the sky?

Florida Keys: There are two places in the Florida Keys that would be great for a mystery novel because they’re so remote. One is the Dry Tortugas (terrible name, fascinating location) which is the United States’ most remote national park. The other is Little Palm Island, a super luxurious (and expensive!) resort that can only be reached by boat. Instead of a locked-room mystery, it would be an inescapable-island mystery!

Italy: Okay, maybe it’s just because I REALLY want an excuse to go back to Italy, but this one appeals to me a lot. If I were picking where in Italy I would like to go to a wedding… the Amalfi Coast comes to mind. (I was invited to a wedding there once and am still kicking myself that I didn’t go.) But from a mystery standpoint, I think Venice would be an amazing setting, what with the gondolas, the architecture, and the sublimely twisty streets. (You know there’s going to be a chase scene!)

Las Vegas: I think this could be a lot of fun, but there wouldn’t really be much for Kelsey to plan. Maybe someone elopes and she’s invited as a guest. I’m thinking novella here: quickie wedding, quickie book!

Okay, I want to hear what you think! Leave me a comment telling me your top pick—and if you have any more nominations, I’d love to hear them!

~Marla Cooper

TERROR IN TAFFETA

Terror in Taffeta: A Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Mexico
Minotaur Books (March 22, 2016)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250072566
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Wedding planner Kelsey McKenna is just a few hours away from wrapping up her latest job: a destination wedding in the charming, colonial Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende. The reception is all set up, the tequila donkey is waiting outside, and the bride and groom are standing on the altar, pledging their eternal love. But just as the priest is about to pronounce them husband and wife, one of the bridesmaids upstages the couple by collapsing into a floral arrangement, a definite wedding “don’t.” Kelsey soon discovers that the girl hasn’t just fainted–she’s dead.

Losing a bridesmaid is bad enough, but when the bride’s sister is arrested for murder, the demanding mother of the bride insists that Kelsey fix the matter at once. And although Kelsey is pretty sure investigating a murder isn’t in her contract, crossing the well-connected Mrs. Abernathy could be a career-killer. Before she can leave Mexico and get back to planning weddings, Kelsey must deal with stubborn detectives, a rekindled romance, and late-night death threats in this smart, funny cozy mystery debut.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Kelsey McKenna is a wedding planner and is dealing with a “momzilla” of the bride. The couple decided on a destination wedding in Mexico much to the mom’s dismay and now she is trailing after Kelsey to make sure the wedding goes as planned. She even seems to blame Kelsey when one of the bridesmaids faints during the service. But the girl didn’t just faint, she died… as in murdered… and the police arrest the bride’s sister. Momzilla places the whole thing firmly on Kelsey’s shoulders, expecting her to get her daughter released, find a killer, and cater to every whim while they are detained in Mexico.

This was a wonderful mystery, Kelsey is a great protagonist. I was very impressed with the way she ran her business and truly tried to do everything that was demanded of her. In fact all the primary and supporting characters were so realistic as was their dialogue. Momzilla, Mrs. Abernathy, was an absolute nightmare as a client and her demands just had me shaking my head. The bride and groom were pretty laid back, sometimes this made Kelsey’s job harder. Wedding photographer, and best friend, Brody Marx, makes a good Watson to Kelsey’s Holmes. They worked so well together.

The story flows so well, there was always something happening. The plot is complex with several twists and surprises. It is also a story that is not short on humor.

San Miguel de Allende sounds like an ideal place for a wedding or vacation. The villa the family had rented came complete with chef, Fernando, and I could almost taste all the delicious treats he created. He was also a good ally for Kelsey.

I am surprised this is Marla Cooper’s first novel, she is definitely an author to watch. Terror in Taffeta is a perfect escape filled with fantastic characters. I am looking forward to Dying on the Vine which be will be released in March 2017.

perfect 2016

Dollycas
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About The Author

Marla Cooper was astonished when, at the age of 18, she realized people could actually get paid to write things. So she switched her major from business to advertising—much to the relief of her accounting professor—and began her career as an advertising copywriter.

After moving to San Francisco, she became a freelancer so she could take advantage of perks like working in her pajamas, and now she writes a little bit of everything, including travel writing, web copy, and even the occasional haiku. While ghostwriting a book on destination weddings, she found inspiration for her first novel, Terror in Taffeta—the first in a series about a destination wedding planner.

Originally hailing from Texas, Marla lives in Oakland, California, with her husband and her polydactyl tuxedo cat.

To learn more, visit www.marla-cooper.com or visit her blog at http://www.chicksonthecase.com. She is also on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2016 Week #26

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

Happy Monday Everyone!!

I thought I would get my usual reading done this week, especially sitting at the hospital during Mr. Dollycas’s surgery but that just wasn’t the case. For the 1st time in a long time I didn’t reach my reading goal and have to push one book to a new date in July or August. I hate when that happens. My husband has had good and bad days since the surgery Wednesday and coming home Thursday. Right now he just wants to do more than his body and the neck brace will allow. To think a major surgery like this is now done as “outpatient day surgery”. I explained he is lucky to be home and doing so well. We had been planning some vacation time for this week so I have just one more tour this month that wraps on the 28th, so I am going to try to enjoy the long weekend as much as I can. Giveaways will be taking the place of my normal features this week with just 1 review.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

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

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A Study in Death (A Lady Darby Mystery)
Release Date – July 7, 2015
My Flashback Friday Book!
My Review
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Once Upon a Wine
Release Date – July 26, 2015
Review will be up Thursday~
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MOVING TO A NEW DATE 🙁


Last Ride to Graceland
Release Date May 24, 2016
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ON DECK THIS WEEK



Little Girl Gone (An Afton Tangler Thriller)
Release Date – July 5, 2016
For Review
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Toasting Up Trouble (A Dinner Club Mystery)
New Series
Release Date – July 5, 2016
Linda will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Terror in Taffeta: A Mystery
Release Date – March 22, 2016
Marla will be my Special Guest next Thursday!
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Special Guest – Carolyn Haines – Author of Rock-a-Bye Bones – #Giveaway too!

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I am so excited to welcome Carolyn Haines back to Escape With Dollycas!

Her Rock-a-Bye Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery came out on Tuesday! 

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A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN
by Carolyn Haines

As some of you may know, my sleuth in the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series has several horses. Three to be exact. Reveler, Miss Scrapiron, and Lucifer. They’re all based on my own horses or horses I’ve known and cared about.

rock-a-bye bones jacket - USA TodayTwenty-six years ago, I moved to a small farm in lower Alabama (I was a professor at a local university in the area) and as it happens out in the country in a state without any spay/neuter laws, starving animals began to wander up. I have always been an animal lover, and I can’t stand to see hungry or ill animals.

In 2010, with the help of my very generous and smart friend Aleta Boudreaux, I filed to create Good Fortune Farm Refuge as a 501c3 animal rescue. At the time I had nearly 30 animals I took care of on a daily basis, plus teaching full time, and writing at least two books a year. I don’t know if any of you have ever done rescue work, but it is often heartbreaking and always labor intensive. But the joy of seeing animals who are in hopeless situations revive and become fun-loving pets is worth all the effort.

Animals have taught me many, many lessons. The value of unconditional love. The art of forgiveness. The willingness to play and show joy even when ill. The value of a friend. And also the pain of loss.

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Sunset Sky

I’ve had a horse with one eye, and now a one-eyed cat and a one-eyed dog. The vets all told me that an animal doesn’t wake up and miss what has been taken. They wake up and enjoy what they have. That’s very true. Baby, my one-eyed dog, can’t judge distance like she could when she had two eyes, but I think it upsets me a lot more than her. I never knew the horse or cat before they lost the vision in one eye. They lived a full and normal life.

I’ve had sick cats that would cuddle and purr. They taught me how to accept illness with as much grace as I can muster. I do not have the courage of my kitties.

Foggy rainbow at Casa Carolyn
Foggy rainbow at Casa Carolyn

But mostly they have taught me about love.

Some of the hardest things I’ve ever done is rehome a dog or cat or horse that I’ve grown attached to. I have to believe that the new owners will love and care for them as well as or better than I can. That is often the case.

In 2014, some of my loyal friends and readers of the Bones books helped me put together a cookbook based on the Bones characters. It’s called Bonefied Delicious—Recipes from some of Zinnia’s finest chefs. The huge tome is 500 pages and over 700 recipes and my friends collected, organized, and wrote commentary as 13 of the characters in my mystery series. We sold out, reprinted, and sold out again. We have plans for another edition sometime in the future. You can check at www.carolynhaines.com for any updates on when we reprint.

We raised money to spay and neuter dogs and cats and we helped a lot of animals and folks who couldn’t afford this very necessary surgery.

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Carolyn and Cojar

When Lori Caswell suggested that I might want to write about where I go for a retreat or a vacation, I had to laugh. Because of the animal rescue, I don’t often get away from the farm. But what I do is ride Cogar, my Connemara/TB cross, in the woods where I enjoy nature all around me. The natural world is the place where I replenish myself.

I was riding recently and saw a bald eagle, some wild turkeys, a turtle, three deer, a rabbit, squirrels, and of course the multitude of songbirds. The oak trees are budding out, and when the wind whips through the pines, it makes a sound like a deep sigh.

When I’m focused on Cogar running down a sandy trail, seven of the dogs all coursing beside me, I can let go of the annoying problems of the day and take in the smell of the pine and sunshine. This is my version of Heaven, I guess.

I don’t ride as long as I once did. I have too much to do. Time compresses as we age, or maybe I’m slower. I think back to the days when my friend Gloria and I would ride 14 miles in a loop to Merrill, Mississippi, where the Chickasawhay and Leaf Rivers come together to form the Pascagoula. The singing river. Where legend has it that the Pascagoula tribe of Native Americans, rather than being taken as slaves by a rival tribe, walked into the river holding hands and singing their death chant.

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Winter Sunset

It’s said on quiet, still nights that you can still hear that sad song, rising from the depth of the water. My grandmother heard it. She told me all about it.

These days I ride closer to home and only for an hour or so. But I still find the peace, the connection to nature and to the power of story. Some wouldn’t think it much of a vacation, but it works for me. And it tires out the dogs, which is another benefit. When they’re asleep I can get a lot of work done.

Next time you read about Sarah Booth going for a ride on Reveler, or Miss Scrapiron, or that black devil Lucifer, you’ll know that the author is hankering to get out of the house and pretend, at least for an hour or so, that she’s free.

Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sarah Booth Delaney mystery series. The latest book, Rock-A-Bye Bones, is out today. A native of Mississippi, Haines often writes about the South. She’s an animal advocate and urges everyone to spay and neuter.

~Carolyn

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Rock-a-Bye Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery
Cozy Mystery
16th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Minotaur Books (May 17, 2016)
Hardcover: 352 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250085160
E-Book ASIN: B01772VVVK
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Sarah Booth Delaney knows the perfect way to begin recovering from both the recent attack on Scott Hampton’s blues club and her broken heart. She’s going to host a Thanksgiving feast for all of her friends at her ancestral home in Zinnia, Mississippi. But one bitterly cold night with the holiday just around the corner, Sarah Booth awakens to the insistent ring of her doorbell. She opens the door to find a newborn baby in a basket sitting on her front porch…and a pool of blood slowly seeping out from the basket. Before she can respond, an engine guns and a dark vehicle takes off.

After the police and a doctor ensure the baby is otherwise safe and healthy, Sarah Booth calls Tinkie Richmond, her partner at the Delaney Detective Agency. They know they need to do everything they can to find the baby’s mother…even if they are starting to fall in love with the baby themselves. But as they track the baby’s mother, Sarah Booth soon begins to suspect the woman might have been in danger; in fact, she might have been running for her life. And following in the woman’s footsteps, Sarah Booth might find her own life on the line next.

To learn more about Carolyn or to sign up for her newsletter, please go to www.carolynhaines.com or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram………


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