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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

What a week! The NASCAR Chase started, NFL football is back, new episodes of the fall shows are starting and the summer ones are wrapping up and the October cozies arrived in the mail. I love everything about Autumn except the colder temps, but if it stayed warm I would miss the colors changing on the trees so I guess I will have to pull out a sweater and just put up with the changes.
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Here’s a recap of what I read last week and a look forward to the week ahead:

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The Brooklyn Drop (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 4)

Release Date – August 15, 2015
This Great Escapes Book Tour stops here tomorrow.
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Move Your Blooming Corpse: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

Release Date: September 22, 2015
D.E. Ireland will be my Special Guest on Thursday.
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The Cracked Spine

I am thrilled to have received an early copy of this book that
will be released March 29, 2016.

Review will be posted later this week.
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For Whom the Bluebell Tolls (A Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery)

My September Just For Fun Read
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Mission To Kill (a Garcia Girls Mystery)

Release Date – September 11, 2015
For Review
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Looking for Mr. Good Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries)

Release Date – October 6, 2015
For Review
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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

I am truly blessed with a wonderful family. We participated in the Out of the Darkness Walk yesterday in memory and in honor of my son Kristopher. It was a day of smiles and tears.

Kris' daughter Natalie with her cousin Jackson.
Kris’ daughter Natalie with her cousin Jackson.
Our wonderful family.
Our wonderful family.

Here’s a recap of what I read last week and a look forward to the week ahead:

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Lost In America (Book One, Episodes 1-3)

For Review
Release Date – June 4, 2015
Wisconsin Author – Review will be up tomorrow!
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Law and Author (Ashton Corners Book Club)

Release Date – September 1, 2015
Erika Chase will be my guest this week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Threads of Evidence (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

Review will be up Thursday!
Release Date – August 25, 2015
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The Brooklyn Drop (A Fina Fitzgibbons Brooklyn Mystery Book 4)

Release Date – August 15, 2015
This Great Escapes Book Tour stops here on the 22nd.
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Shepherd’s Crook (An Animals in Focus Mystery)

Release Date – October 8, 2015
Sheila will be my guest next week for Cozy Wednesday!
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Move Your Blooming Corpse: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

Release Date: September 22, 2015
D.E. Ireland will be my Special Guest on September 24.
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Cozy Wednesday with Carolyn Haines – Author of Bone to Be Wild – Giveaway too!

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

My guest today is the fabulous Carolyn Haines!

 

 

safe_image.phpIn the world of Sarah Booth Delaney, the protagonist of my mystery series, there are two things a reader can count on. One—that someone will quote Sarah Booth’s dead Aunt Loulane with a wise saying, often Southern in origin. Two–that Jitty, who is also dead but is very much a lively part of the book, will be sassy.

bone to be wild jacketBONE TO BE WILD is the 15th book in the series, which is set in Zinnia, Mississippi, in the heart of the Delta. It goes on sale May 19 at all bookstores.

In this book, Sarah Booth is on her own again—the engagement with Graf Milieu is broken—and Scott Hampton, the incredibly sexy blues singer (and former lover) from CROSSED BONES has returned to town and needs help. He’s bought a blues club at a famous crossroads and someone is sending threatening messages for him to leave town.

When the bartender is gunned down in back of the club, Sarah Booth realizes the threats are deadly. Any band member, including Scott, could be next.

Sarah Booth and her partner, Tinkie Bellcase Richmond (a true Daddy’s Girl who can manipulate men like putty) are on the case. They have to find out who is behind the threats before more people die.

Jitty, who is known for being a decade-hopping fashionista and the ‘haint’ who goads Sarah Booth to settle down and have a family, shows up in this book as famous blues divas. She is more than an annoying ghost, though. She has come back to Dahlia House (Sarah Booth’s home) to serve as a guide and protector, as well as tormenter.

I thought it might be fun to explore some of the sayings that Jitty is prone to quote from Aunt Loulane, the woman who took care of Sarah Booth after her parents were killed. A wise woman and a proper lady, Aunt Loulane wasn’t above putting it on the line when necessary.

If a person was quite satisfied with their lot in life, Aunt Loulane might say, “She’s as happy as a one-eyed dog on a gut wagon.” The meaning here is that a one-eyed dog, while not able to scrap effectively for food, would have plenty to eat on a gut wagon. (I don’t make this stuff up, I just repeat it.)

Aunt Loulane was very fond of saying of Mrs. Hedgepeth (an old crank) that she was “half a bubble off plumb.” Meaning she isn’t level, or sane.

Another expression from the old South—“Somebody beat her (or him) with an ugly stick.” This person is not attractive.

ATT00003Aunt Loulane never trusted anyone whose eyes were close together. She might paint the picture this way. “If his eyes got any closer together he could play Cyclops in the school drama.”

And poor old Lewis Felts was so thin “he’d have to stand up twice to cast a shadow.”

Another way of calling a person thin is to say, “You’ve about fell off to nothin’.”

For the young men who get into it in a local juke joint, the dire threat to hurl is always, “I’m gonna punch you in the mouth so hard your teeth march out your ass like little white soldiers.” Wow. Now that’s a visual.

Or, the second bad boy threat—“I’m gonna stomp a mud hole in your ass and walk it dry.”

Of course, these threats often came about if two men were “drunker than Cooter Brown.”ATT00001

For ladies who weren’t careful with short skirts or how they sat, you would hear other ladies say, “Well, Lulu Belle won’t be single long, I can see clear to the Promised Land.”

Or, the highest compliment a Southern girl can hear. “Girl, you look so good I’m gonna take you home and sop you up with a biscuit.”

The colorful expressions of the South are only one of the things that make it so unique. The landscape can range from sandy white beaches, to the flat pine barrens, up to the Mississippi Delta, where the topsoil is the richest on earth. But there are also mountainous areas and white-water rivers. It’s a land of great diversity of topography and of character.

In the books Aunt Loulane’s wisdom is repeated by any number of characters who knew her. While she would never be so crass as to tell someone to “shut yourATT00004 pie hole,” she might say, “You should close your mouth before your ignorance falls out and ruins the carpet.”

My grandmother had her own sayings, and a word of wisdom she told me all the time—warning me to the dangers of being bossy and independent. “A whistling girl and a crowing hen will never come to a good end.”

She warned me, but it didn’t take. And Sarah Booth has yet to heed that bit of wisdom herself.ATT00002

~Carolyn

About The Author

Carolyn Haines is the author of over 70 books in a number of genres. She has been honored with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. The Sarah Booth mystery series was named “Top Amateur Sleuth” by Romantic Times. Carolyn also runs the Good Fortune Farm Refuge, which is an animal rescue where she cares for dogs, cats, and horses. For more information, go to www.carolynhaines.com to sign up for her newsletter.  You can also join her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Bone to Be Wild: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery
15th in Series
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 19, 2015)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250046147
E-Book ASIN: B00OXEL8HI
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Sarah Booth Delaney is heartbroken: her fiancé Graf Milieu has decided to move to Hollywood permanently, leaving their relationship in shambles. Sarah Booth has a perfect distraction, however, in the form of the Black and Orange Halloween ball her best friends are throwing in New Orleans. Sarah Booth plans to dance the night away to the swinging tunes of her old flame Scott Hampton’s blues band. But just as the party gets going, Scott receives a mysterious message that threatens his life and the lives of his bandmates. Sarah Booth knows that a new case is just what she needs to take her mind off her failed relationship with Graf, and she’s ready to help Scott investigate. And then the message turns from threat to reality when the bartender from Scott’s club is gunned down in a drive-by. Enlisting Sheriff Coleman Peters and the rest of her friends from Zinnia, Mississippi, Sarah Booth is caught in a race against the clock as she tries to stop a killer from striking again.

With a twist around every corner, Carolyn Haines will delight readers with Sarah Booth Delaney’s latest zany adventure in Bone to be Wild.

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Review – Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

23014574Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall: A Mystery
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Devon, England
Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 5, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250007803
E-Book ASIN: B00P5JNC0G
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Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall is the second charming and witty whodunit in Hannah Dennison’s amazing cozy series. Set at an English manor house, fans of British mysteries and Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy this contemporary take on murder at the manor house.

When the body of a transport minister is discovered in the grounds on Honeychurch Hall, suspicion about his unusual demise naturally falls on the folks in the village. After all, who could possibly want a high-speed train line built in their front yard?

News of the murder soon reaches our heroine Kat Stanford’s nemesis Trudy Wynne. A ruthless tabloid journalist and the ex-wife of Kat’s discarded lover, Trudy is out for revenge. She is also interested in exposing–and humiliating–Kat’s mother Iris, who is secretly the international bestselling romance writer Krystalle Storm.

As the body count begins to build, Kat becomes inextricably embroiled in the ensuing scandal. Is the minister’s death the result of a local vendetta, or could it be connected to her mother’s unusual (to say the least) past?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was a story I was anxiously awaiting and the author exceeded my expectations!

Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall brings us back to English countryside and all the characters I loved in Murder at Honeychurch Hall. Kat Stanford is planning head back to London soon but with news of a high speed rail coming to this quaint, historical area she feels she needs to stick around to be sure of her mother’s options and how Honeychurch Hall will be affected. Then a local woman is found dead on the side of the road and the transport minister has gone missing. Are these events connected? and what does it mean for the railway? Meanwhile Kat’s mother is trying to keep her life as Krystalle Storm, international bestselling romance writer, a secret but that isn’t the only thing she is hiding.

These characters are fantastic and a few like “Uncle” Alfred are quite eccentric. Kat and Iris are two very independent woman and but heads on more than one occasion butt what mother and daughter don’t. Their dialogue is delightful and can be very comical especially when Albert joins the conversation or when they are “investigating”. We meet several new characters as the rail system would affect so many people plus there is a new maid at the hall. All of the characters come to life right off of the pages.

The plot was very entertaining a full of funny moments but suspenseful moments as well.  Kat has several ideas and scenarios of what may have happened but no solid proof and asking the wrong person the right questions could put her and her mother in danger. The author does a wonderful job of storytelling and like the first story in the series this was a pure joy to read. I love traveling across the pond to visit Honeychurch Hall, I am booking my virtual tickets for next year right away.

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About The Author

Born in England, Hannah relocated to Los Angeles with her daughter and two cats to pursue a career in screenwriting. Along the road to publication she has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah is the author of the Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable UK) and the first, in her new series, “Murder at Honeychurch Hall” (Minotaur). Now living in Portland, Oregon Hannah continues to teach mystery writing at UCLA, has served on numerous judging committees for the Mystery Writers of America and still works part-time for a west coast advertising agency. She is married to an advertising executive and enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing and seriously good chocolate. http://www.hannahdennison.com

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Review – Kill ’em with Cayenne by Gail Oust

kill 'em with cayenneKill ‘Em with Cayenne: A Spice Shop Mystery (Spice Shop Mystery Series)
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting: Georgia
Published by Minotaur Books (December 16, 2014)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250011053
E-Book ASIN: B00KK433QO

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Kill ‘Em with Cayenne, a brand new finger-lickin’ good mystery from Gail Oust, featuring small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott, a smart and spunky amateur sleuth.

Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up!, and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. It’s that time of year again—time for the annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival. Soon contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast will converge on the town. Many of Brandywine Creek’s citizens plan to participate in the week-long festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca.

When Becca’s body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride’s top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend’s name, Piper begins her own investigation, much to McBride’s consternation. As the festival draws closer, will Piper and Reba Mae be able to find the real killer and clear Maybelle’s name? Will Piper make it to the annual shag contest with Doug Winters, the mild-mannered vet she’s been seeing? And, who will win the BBQ cook-off?

 

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival takes a significant turn when Barbara Quinlan nee Bunker comes home to visit and introduces herself as “Barbie-Q” and tells everyone she is there to film the festival for her new television shoe Some Like It Hot. That doesn’t sit well with Becca Dapkins at all. Becca and Barbie have a past and it wasn’t good. In fact Becca’s relationship with many residents of Brandywine Creek isn’t good. When Becca’s body is found the suspects should be many but Piper’s friend, Maybelle Humphries, becomes the prime suspect. This puts Piper hot to start investigating with an assist of Reba Mae. Add this to all the other festival fun and things get really spicy!

Gail Oust second Spice Shop Mystery marks the return of the characters we liked from the first book. She also introduces us to some very interesting characters in town for the Barbecue Festival especially Miss Barbie-Q. Piper’s dog, Casey, led Piper to the discover Becca’s body, but I don’t think he liked the references to becoming a cadaver dog 🙂

The plot of the mystery is very creative and something I wasn’t expecting was the missing ingredient that brings the whole murder recipe together.

I wish the romance between Piper and local vet Doug had a little more heat. I think she needs to explore the options she may have with Police Chief MacBride.

I am already looking forward to the next Spice Shop Mystery!

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About This Author

Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she’s currently working on a new Spice Shop mystery series.

Author Links:  www.gailoust.com, Goodreads

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Cozy Wednesday with D.E. Ireland – Author of Wouldn’t It Be Deadly – Giveaway too!

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!
I am so excited, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta are here today as D.E. Ireland.
Their mystery Wouldn’t It Be Deadly: An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery
was released yesterday and it is fantastic!

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WIBD orig sizeWriting under the pen name D.E. Ireland, award-winning authors Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta have teamed up to write the Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins Mystery Series for St. Martin’s Minotaur. Their debut book Wouldn’t It Be Deadly hit the shelves Sept. 23, 2014. They based their series on George Bernard Shaw’s 1912 play Pygmalion. Long-time Anglophiles, both Meg and Sharon have escaped to England in the past, and are dying to go there again!

Hi, I’m Meg and my first trip overseas occurred in 1983. My younger brother, serving in the USAF in Spain, had the brilliant idea to meet my older sister and me in London. Needless to say, we jumped at the idea. I spent a month researching spots to visit, bed-and-breakfasts, train routes and schedules, castles, houses, etc. We bought airfare, booked a car for the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, and the B&B plan. And then my brother couldn’t get leave. So my sister and I flew to England for eleven days. I did get jet lag, unfortunately, and fell asleep on the double-decker bus tour of all the lovely London city highlights.

Tower_of_london_from_swissreBut we visited the Tower, saw the crown jewels, the chopping block, plus the British Museum and Reading Room. Ate at the Sherlock Holmes pub, saw the portraits at the National Gallery, and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Then we headed off by train for the rest of England. Windsor Castle, Warwick Castle, Oxford (I would live there, definitely!), Stratford-on-Avon, Stonehenge… we loved it all.

My sister took the wheel in the Lake District. We were scared silly by the sheep ambling over the hilly roads in the Yorkshire Dales, which is green, remote and just gorgeous. York was also a highlight, walking along the wall of the old city, and seeing the meandering narrow alleyways.

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I stopped at a small shop before we took the train back to southern England. I didn’t say a word, only placed the items I wanted to buy on the counter. The woman looked up at me and handed me a coin. ‘Take it, we can’t use it here,’ she told me. I stared at the silver dime in shock. ‘How did you know I’m an American?’ I asked her. She laughed. ‘You’re so tall, and you’re wearing trousers!’”

I also noticed how much people walk everywhere. My sister and I almost got lost in the maze at Hampton Court – that was quite scary, and while she ate every type of fish imaginable, I was so ready for an old-fashioned American hamburger once I got home again. Teatime was definitely something we loved! I passed that tradition on to my friends and my daughter, who collects teapots and teacups.

I intend to go “on holiday” to England with my daughter, hopefully next year in time for Royal Ascot. I’d love to see all those wonderful hats in person!

~Meg

Hi, this is Sharon, and I’ve been lucky to visit Britain twice. The first time I was a jet lagged teenager in London for three days on a foreign study trip, and couldn’t begin to do it justice. However 17-year-old Sharon did love a few things about that stay, namely the Tower of London, and the cute British guys who flirted with my friend and me. As I said, I was a teenager.

My best escape ever occurred in 1987 during a six-week trip to Britain. After a blissful week in Ireland, I moved on to England, Scotland, and Wales. Being a writer, my backpack was filled with paperback books. I had ample opportunity to read as I traveled primarily by rail, which made for many relaxing hours spent gazing out train windows at the Yorkshire dales, western Highlands and Welsh countryside. Some of my best memories revolve around me, a book, and one of those plastic wrapped sandwiches sold on BritRail trains.

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Because I was a graduate student in archaeology, I worked at a Roman fort in Northumberland for a week. Lodged at a boarding house along the Northern Sea, I often hiked after dinner atop the cliffs that overlooked the sea. When I found a spot sheltered from the wind, I’d settle back with a book, accompanied by the haunting sounds of crashing waves and gull cries.

Only later did I learn it wasn’t safe for a woman to be there close to dusk. The lady who ran the boarding house was appalled I’d been walking there alone in the evenings. The rugged coastline was once a haven for smugglers, and dangerous men still frequented the area. Luckily the few people I met during my hikes were quite cordial. And not a smuggler seemed to be among them.

A week later I headed up to Scotland. One afternoon, I climbed to the top of Arthur’s Seat, a hill overlooking Edinburgh. Afterwards, I couldn’t bring myself to leave the natural beauty I’d discovered just outside the city. So I pulled a book out of my backpack and plopped down among the grassy hillocks. There wasn’t a sound to be heard until a Scotsman finally appeared walking his terrier. I would not have been surprised at that moment to learn I’d been transported – Outlander style – to another time. And if that gray-haired Scotsman had looked more like the novel’s Jamie, I might still be there!

I also remember a wondrous day spent at Kew Gardens outside London. Toward the end of my visit, I sat beside a pond with a book of poetry. I had just finished reading a haiku about geese when I looked up. No more than two feet away were a line of geese silently walking past me, as if reluctant to disturb my reading. Some may call this a coincidence. I think of it as a moment of serendipity and magic – much like my entire trip to Britain.

~Sharon

About The Author/s

D.E. Ireland is a team of award-winning authors, Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta. Long time friends, they decided to collaborate on this unique series based on George Bernard Shaw’s wonderfully witty play, Pygmalion. While they admit the lovely film My Fair Lady and its soundtrack proved to be inspiration, they are careful to stick to Shaw’s vision of the beloved characters from Eliza to Higgins to Pickering, Mrs. Pearce, Freddy Eynsford Hill and his family, while adding a slew of new characters they’ve dreamed up to flesh out their own version of events post-Pygmalion.

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An Eliza Doolittle & Henry Higgins Mystery

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Minotaur Books (September 23, 2014)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250049353
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Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins make an incomparable pair of sleuths in the start of a delightful new series…

Following her successful appearance at an Embassy Ball—where Eliza Doolittle won Professor Henry Higgins’ bet that he could pass off a Cockney flower girl as a duchess—Eliza becomes an assistant to his chief rival Emil Nepommuck.

After Nepommuck publicly takes credit for transforming Eliza into a lady, an enraged Higgins submits proof to a London newspaper that Nepommuck is a fraud. When Nepommuck is found with a dagger in his back, Henry Higgins becomes Scotland Yard’s prime suspect.

However, Eliza learns that most of Nepommuck’s pupils had a reason to murder their blackmailing teacher. As another suspect turns up dead and evidence goes missing, Eliza and Higgins realize the only way to clear the Professor’s name is to discover which of Nepommuck’s many enemies is the real killer. When all the suspects attend a performance of Hamlet at Drury Lane, Eliza and Higgins don their theatre best and race to upstage a murderer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

My Fair Lady is one of my all time favorite movies! This story picks up after the Embassy Ball and I absolutely loved it! I immediately heard the voices of Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Mona Washbourne.

A “loverly” idea to turn Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins into sleuths. They make a wonderful team. The barbs they throw at each other are hilarious and so true to their characters. Colonel Pickering is still the voice of reason and Mrs. Pearce is there to soothe flustered feathers and keep everyone’s belly full.

The author has us travel all over London even back to where Higgins found Eliza selling flowers. With Higgins as the prime suspect Eliza is determined to prove his innocence. While doing  so she puts herself in danger and still there is no one that is able to give Higgins an alibi. It seems Mr. Henry Higgins has a secret and even though revealing it would prove his innocence he is unwilling to give any details to anyone. I was very surprised by this secret and it is the one thing that left me a conflicted about the story, but as with all stories the reader just has to follow where the author leads.

This is a fantastic story. It is suspenseful but tempered with a good bit of humor. I may not have been dancing but I stayed up all night to finish reading this delightful mystery. I was laughing at loud in places which disturbed Mr. Dollycas but I couldn’t put this book down.  Charming, captivating, engaging, and a must read.  “Where the devil are my slippers?” I am ready to read the next installment of this series right now!

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Review – Murder at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

Murder At Honeychurch Hall
Murder at Honeychurch Hall:
A Mystery

New Cozy Mystery Series
Minotaur Books (May 13, 2014)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250007797
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Kat Stanford is just days away from starting her dream antique business with her newly widowed mother Iris when she gets a huge shock. Iris has recklessly purchased a dilapidated carriage house at Honeychurch Hall, an isolated country estate located several hundred miles from London.

Yet it seems that Iris isn’t the only one with surprises at Honeychurch Hall. Behind the crumbling façade, the inhabitants of the stately mansion are a lively group of eccentrics to be sure—both upstairs and downstairs —and they all have more than their fair share of skeletons in the closet.

When the nanny goes missing, and Vera, the loyal housekeeper ends up dead in the grotto, suspicions abound. Throw in a feisty, octogenarian countess, a precocious seven year old who is obsessed with the famous fighter pilot called Biggles, and a treasure trove of antiques, and there is more than one motive for murder.

As Iris’s past comes back to haunt her, Kat realizes she hardly knows her mother at all. A when the bodies start piling up, it is up to Kat to unravel the tangled truth behind the murders at Honeychurch Hall.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I knew before I finished the first chapter I was going to love this story.

Iris is a very independent woman especially now that her husband has passed away. She also has a couple of secrets. Her relationship with her daughter Kat reminded me so much of my relationship with my own very independent mother. All are stubborn women and hate having anyone tell them what to do. The dialogue between Iris and Kat was spot on and at time absolutely hilarious.

Kat has come to Honeychurch Hall to help her mother but to also find out why she left London and where this leaves their plans to go into business together. Kat has left her job on the telly for a few reasons but she thought she was leaving to follow her dream of opening an antique shop. Her mother can’t seriously want to live in this broken down carriage house surrounded by a bunch a crazy people. The nanny has already left, the child has quite the imagination, he pretends he is Biggles, is a fictional pilot and adventurer, and spends his days chasing down missing pilots and hiding from the enemy. The matriarch of Honeychurch Hall may be in the early stages of dementia or is she just trying to pull one on her family. Her son has his own ideas on what to do with Honeychurch Hall. The maid had a heck of a shoe obsession and she is the one Kat finds dead in the garden tunnel.

There is so much happening in this story. We meet some very extraordinary characters and they are all twisted into an incredible mystery. This story was a pure joy to read. I hated to see it end. I can’t wait for the next one. Write fast please Hannah!!!

a perfect escape5 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About The Author

Born in England, Hannah relocated to Los Angeles with her daughter and two cats to pursue a career in screenwriting. Along the road to publication she has been an obituary reporter, antique dealer, private jet flight attendant and Hollywood story analyst. Hannah is the author of the Vicky Hill Mysteries (Constable UK) and the first, in her new series, “Murder at Honeychurch Hall” (Minotaur). Now living in Portland, Oregon Hannah continues to teach mystery writing at UCLA, has served on numerous judging committees for the Mystery Writers of America and still works part-time for a west coast advertising agency. She is married to an advertising executive and enjoys hiking, horseback riding, skiing and seriously good chocolate. http://www.hannahdennison.com

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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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The Big Dirt Nap by Rosemary Harris – My January Just For Fun Book

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The Big Dirt Nap:
A Dirty Business Mystery

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books;
First Edition edition (February 2, 2010)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0312372224
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New York media exec-turned-gardener Paula Holliday is thrilled when her friend Lucy asks her to tag along on an all-expenses-paid junket to the Titans Hotel. On display is the rare titan arum, a notoriously pungent plant known as the “corpse flower.” Unfortunately, the flower isn’t blooming—and the only thing Paula smells is a real corpse…

Lucy’s would-be suitor has been found dead—with a hole in his head—and Lucy has mysteriously disappeared. Now Paula has to start digging up clues before the police’s worst suspicions take root. Even if the odious flower finally blooms, Paula has more important things to tend to. Because murder, by any other name, really stinks…

Dollycas’s Thoughts
I was really drawn to this book for its small Wisconsin connection. The University of Wisconsin has a copse flower and when it blooms it is a big event. They cover it on the news and in the newspapers. It really is a smelly thing and not in a good way.I was happy to catch up with Paula and her Dirty Business but they wasn’t much gardening due the time of year in this installment.

This is a classic cozy with the quirky characters with Paula as the amateur sleuth. A few skin of the teeth moments to keep the reader on their toes. And some very funny moments that had me laughing out loud.

This was a great choice to read Just For Fun!

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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*This book was from my private collection.

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Review: Rosemary and Crime by Gail Oust

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Rosemary and Crime
First in Series
Cozy Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books (December 17, 2013)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250011046
E-Book File Size: 859 KB
ASIN: B00DA7A0BO
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Murder comes well-seasoned in this charming mystery featuring a smart and spunky new amateur sleuth, small-town Georgia spice shop owner Piper Prescott.

Welcome to Brandywine, Georgia. Piper Prescott has decided to follow her dream and open Spice It Up! A shop that features the best spices from around the world. Her ex-husband predicts the idea will be huge failure but with a little help of her BBF, Reba Mae, and even her ex-mother in-law she is determined to make it a success.

But when she goes to meet with the chef she is featuring at her Grand Opening she finds he is not going to be cooking anything for her or anyone else. She finds him stabbed to death in his kitchen. The new police Chief Wyatt McBride quickly decides Piper makes a perfect prime suspect. Piper and Reba Mae will do anything to change his mind and go to great lengths to prove her innocence even putting their own lives in danger.

Dollycas’s Thoughts
A fun and spicy debut for this new culinary cozy series.

Gail Oust has introduced us to some wonderful characters. Piper is a strong woman dealing with a new divorce, a new business, and a teenage daughter playing one parent off the other. Then there is her ex’s girlfriend who is closer to his daughter’s age than his own. She tries to become their daughter’s best friend by taking her shopping and telling her school really isn’t that important. Their older son is away at college. Piper also has a very prim and proper ex-mother-in-law and a best friend that has her back no matter what and is pretty far from prim and proper. There is also a hunky vet, a hunky police chief, and a fantastic little furry friend to round out the cast.

She has also created quite the whodunit with plenty of suspects. Piper does get herself into a few sticky situations because she acts without thinking things through or is not sure she trusts the police chief but thankfully they are few and far between. The tense situations are balanced with humor to keep the story cozy.

I really enjoyed this first adventure with Piper and hope there will be many more. I feel we have just scratched the surface with the antics originating from Piper’s Spice It Up!!

just you and a friend4 STARFISH

Dollycas
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About This Author

Gail Oust is often accused of flunking retirement. While working as a nurse/vascular technologist, she penned nine historical romances under the pseudonym of Elizabeth Turner. It wasn’t until she and her husband retired to South Carolina that inspiration struck for a mystery. Hearing the words “maybe it’s a dead body” while golfing fired her imagination for writing a cozy. Ever since then, she spends more time on a computer than at a golf course. Author of the Bunco Babe mysteries, she’s currently working on a new Spice Shop mystery series.

Author Links:  www.gailoust.com, Goodreads

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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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Review: A Killing In The Hills by Julia Keller

A Killing in the Hills
(Bell Elkins Novels)

First in Series
Mystery
Published by Minotaur Books (August 21, 2012)
Hardcover: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250003485

A Killing in the Hills

Bell Elkins grew up in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. After a tragic upbringing that includes a fire and the death of her father, she then goes from foster home to foster home. She goes away to college, gets married and has a child. She feels drawn to return to Acker’s Gap to make a difference. Her marriage falls apart and she takes her daughter home to West Virginia. She runs and is elected prosecuting attorney for Raythune County. The county has a serious drug problem and Bell is determined to clean up the county.

While Bell is working on another tragic case where a child was killed she learns that 3 elderly men have been gunned down in a local diner. The same diner where her now 17 year old daughter Carla was waiting for her Bell to her up. The eatery was full of witnesses but it happened so fast no one really saw the shooter. Why were Dean Streeter, Shorty McClurg, and Lee Rader targeted? Was it random? Drug related? Carla was shocked and horrified by what she saw, but after a few days, she begins to recover enough to believe that she might be able to help her mother do her job. Bell vows to find and bring the killer to justice not knowing her daughter may already know who he is or that Carla may be putting herself in danger to help her.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A Great Debut to a new series!!

Julie Keller has created some wonderfully flawed characters and set them loose in West Virginia.

This first story has more than one mystery for readers to follow and she has woven them together seamlessly. We learn about Belfa’s (yes, that her real name) past and her dysfunctional family that made her the woman she is today. A young boy is killed and Bell has to decide how to move forward charging a mentally challenged 28 year old. Three elderly residents are gunned down by an unknown assailant. Add to that Bell’s teenage daughter going through normal growing pains and then she witnesses this terrible shooting.

Bell has a true friend in the sheriff and he is there to walk with her through the mayhem and he does his best to protect her. I love the meetings over pieces of pie as they try to sort out the clues. Last one to arrive buys the pie!

Bell has a lot on her plate besides her job a prosecuting attorney for the county. Her sister has just been paroled from prison and her daughter would rather be living with her dad. With this a foundation has been laid for the series moving forward. Bell is a strong woman with a noble agenda that will probably get her in lot of trouble.

One of my favorite parts of this story was Bell driving in the mountains to question the mother of the mentally challenged suspect. The author’s description of the winding roads, cliff drop offs, up and down the mountains, made me feel like I was right in the vehicle holding on for dear life. Extra tension was added when she was being followed. It was a white knuckle moment holding on to my kindle as I couldn’t read the pages fast enough.

I am looking forward to my return to this “shabby afterthought of a town”. If you are a mystery lover you too will enjoy this story.

Dollycas
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About This Author

Julia was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. She graduated from Marshall University, then later earned a doctoral degree in English Literature at Ohio State University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and has taught at Princeton and Ohio State Universities, and the University of Notre Dame. She is an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS. In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Julia lives in a high-rise in Chicago and a stone cottage on a lake in rural Ohio.

Check out her website at www.juliakeller.net

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.”