Oct 232018
 

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Six Cats a Slayin’ (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Berkley (October 23, 2018)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 0451491092
ISBN-13: 978-0451491091
Kindle ASIN: B078VV869Q

Charlie Harris and his Maine Coon cat, Diesel, are busy decking the halls for the holidays when an unexpected delivery and a shocking murder conspire to shake up the season in this all new installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

December twenty-fifth is right around the corner, and Charlie is making his list and checking it twice. He is doing his best to show some peace and goodwill toward his nosy neighbor Gerry Arbitron, a real estate agent who seems to have designs on his house (and maybe on him, as well), while preparing for a very important role, indeed–his first Christmas as a grandfather.

The last thing Charlie expects is to gain several new additions to his family. Charlie finds a box on his doorstep with five kittens inside and a note begging him to keep them safe. With Diesel’s help, Charlie welcomes the tiny felines into the Harris household just as Gerry decides it is time to throw a lavish holiday party.

Determined to make her mark on Athena, Gerry instead winds up dead at her very own party. Though attempts to dig into her past come up empty, Charlie and his girlfriend, Helen Louise, witness two heated exchanges involving Gerry before her death: one with a leading citizen and another with the wife of a good friend. Will one of these ladies wind up on the sheriff’s naughty list? Charlie and Diesel have to wrap up the case before the special season is ruined by a sinister scrooge.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There are babies and kittens in the house and Charlie and Diesel have their hands and paws full even before new neighbor Gerry Arbitron invites Charlie to her party. Gerry a real estate agent, did not make a good first impression with Charlie, her overt flirting really rubbed him the wrong way. Then she put up the most hideous holiday display, he and the rest of the neighbors were not impressed. They wanted to stay home but most bit their tongues and went to her party. One guest did not hold her tongue and had quite the altercation with the hostess. Another guest had an argument with Gerry behind a not quite closed door that was overheard.  Before the night ends the nosy neighbor crashes to the floor and was unable to be revived. First thought – heart attack – Reality – it was murder!

I love Charlie and his big Maine Coon cat, Diesel. The man doesn’t think twice when he opens his front door and finds a box full of kittens with a note asking him to keep them safe. Diesel steps in a chief kitty sitter and the rest of house falls for them as well.

This is also going to be the first Harris Christmas for the new grandchildren. Charlie’s son and his wife are struggling with their newborn and everyone tries to give good advice and help. I have seen a struggle just like this with my own eyes. The author’s take on this was excellent and heartwarming. These characters are so realistic and believable. I grab each new book in this series not only for the top-notch mystery but because I need to check in with the family and all the people they are connected with, including one big lovable feline.

Yes, the mystery is top-notch. Everyone at that party is suspect and the fact that some people left before the police arrived or that someone may have snuck in unseen makes the mystery difficult to solve. The conflicts earlier in the evening land two people high on police detective Kanesha’s list but there are more questions than answers for quite a while.

The other mystery confounding Charlie is who dropped off the kittens at his door. He knows it’s a child, maybe about 10, but whoever it is is very smart because all the things Charlie tries to do to see the person are thwarted. Reminded me of a certain grandchild of mine very much.

These two mysteries run in tandem seamlessly along with family dynamics and holiday preparations. The pace is comfortable but the murder doesn’t take place until mid-book. By this time we get to know a little bit about the victim but she has so many secrets and surprising things continue to be revealed right up until the murderer is uncovered.

Miranda James is one of my favorite cozy authors. She is a fantastic storyteller. Every time I see that big kitty on the cover, a kitty that reminds me of one of mine now gone, I get excited to see what this author has in store for the Harris family. I have never been disappointed. The characters continue to grow and evolve and the stories are fresh with unexpected twists and turns. Ten books into this series and still going strong!

Six Cats a Slayin‘ is a fun and entertaining cozy for this holiday season. All cozy lovers will enjoy!!

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Sep 052018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so excited to have Susan Boles visit today as part of her Great Escapes Book Tour!

Hi Everyone,

Death said the Gypsy Queen is Book 4 in the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series. When you’re an author, people always ask how you came up with that idea. At least, they ask me a lot. So, today, I’m going to elaborate on where the idea for this book came from.

I love to listen to music that is now called “classic” rock. That term gives me the shivers; because it’s the music I listened to when I was a teenager and the term ‘classic’ sounds like antique to me. Which translates to old in my mind. How’s that for several degrees of separation? Ugh. I’m digressing from the topic here.

So. Classic rock. On this particular occasion, Sign Of The Gypsy Queen by April Wine came on the radio. I was reading with the radio playing in the background when the song came on. I can remember vaguely realizing that it was a once-upon-a-time favorite song I hadn’t heard in a long time; and kind of hummed along as I read. And, then, the hair literally stood up on my arms and I focused on the lyrics.

Gypsy. Fortune telling. In previous Lily Gayle books, I had revealed that there was a circus connection among the people who lived at The Midnight Dragonfly in book one (when it was Mitchell Manor) and the person living there in book three. So. Right then I realized I needed a fortune-teller predicting something that would happen in book four. Every circus has a fortune-teller, right?

But, why was she in Mercy, Mississippi by herself? And what would she be predicting? Was she really in touch with forces beyond our understanding? Or, was she revealing information she already knew in a way she felt would have the most impact? Who doesn’t love the idea of a mysterious event?

In Death said the Gypsy Queen we see more of the backstory of Vlad and his sleep study at the same time we enjoy Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solving the latest murder in town. Is there a connection between the two?

I hope you’ll read Death said the Gypsy Queen to find out.

~Susan

Thank you, Susan, so much for being my guest today!

Death said the Gypsy Queen
by Susan Boles

About the Book


Death said the Gypsy Queen: A Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Argent Ocean Publishing
Number of Pages – 210
Not up on Amazon or GoodReads yet

“Beware the sign of the vampire blood,” said the fortune teller. “It brings madness and turmoil.”

Lily Gayle knows what that means, but, for the life of her, can’t figure out how the fortune teller does. A quick road trip with Dixie. An unplanned stop at a roadside park. And, an hour later a dead body. Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna find themselves knee deep in another homicide investigation when the local vet assistant turns up dead behind an outbuilding at the farmers market.

Lily Gayle believes the words of the fortune teller will have a major impact on the investigation but can’t bring herself to tell the other ladies. To reveal what she believes the words mean might bring trouble to another old friend. And would betray a trust. Only Ben knows and he, as usual, advises Lily Gayle to stay out of his investigation – which she isn’t about to do.

When the secret is revealed, the townspeople go mad and the fortune tellers words come true. Can Lily Gayle, Dixie and Miss Edna solve the murder before more people are harmed?

About the Author

Susan is the award-winning author of the Lily Gayle Lambert Mystery Series and a contributing author to the Brotherhood Protectors World.

A lifelong long love of all things mysterious led Susan to write cozy mysteries. Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden were the first to show her that girls can be crime solvers. Agatha Christie showed her that even small towns have big secrets. And Phryne Fisher showed her lady detectives can be outrageously individual. She lives in Mississippi with her rescue mini dachshund, Lucy, and her rescue cat of no particular breed, Zimba. She currently writes the Lily Gayle Lambert mystery series set in the fictional town of Mercy, Mississippi featuring a multi-generational cast of female sleuths and romantic suspense in the Brotherhood Protectors Kindle World.

Susan writes mysteries and set in the big city of Memphis, TN and the fictional small town of Mercy, Mississippi.

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Susan loves to hear from readers and book lovers! Visit her website at www.susanbolesauthor.com Or drop her a line at susan@susanbolesauthor.com

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Mar 202018
 


Coming May 15!!

Charmed Bones: A Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery
Paranormal Cozy Mystery
18th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Minotaur Books (May 15, 2018)
Hardcover: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1250154132
Kindle ASIN: B076PLBZJQ

Zinnia, Mississippi is rife with quirky characters, but the arrival of three sister witches—and their intention to open a Wiccan boarding school—sets the small town on its ear. And bodies begin to accumulate as a result. Faith, Hope, and Charity Harrington are sexy and smart. They’re setting up their boarding school in an old dairy—a piece of property with tremendous development potential. And they’re standing in the way of “progress,” according to some in the town.

When young Corey Fontana goes missing, Delaney Detective Agency is hired to find the youth—who’s well known as a local hooligan. His mother, Kitten Fontana, who is married to the kind of land development, believes the witches have abducted her son and makes no bones about it. She’s willing to pay hard cash to find her son, especially if she can implicate the witches in his disappearance.

When Sarah Booth Delaney and her partner, Tinkie Richmond, find Corey, unharmed, it is only the beginning of a series of events that include midnight dances under a full moon, love potions, and murder. Are the sister witches criminals… or victims? Do they truly have magical powers, as they claim? Sarah Booth and Tinkie must find the answer before more people are harmed.

About the Author

CAROLYN HAINES is the author of the Sarah Booth Delaney Mysteries. She is the recipient of both the Harper Lee Distinguished Writing Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives in Semmes, Alabama on a farm with more dogs, cats, and horses than she can possibly keep track of.

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Feb 212018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to welcome Miranda James to Escape With Dollycas!

Old Sins

By Miranda James
(Post provided by publicist.)

I don’t really know where my nearly lifelong interest in history started. I do remember that, when I got my first library card at the age of eight, the first book I checked out was a juvenile biography of Abraham Lincoln. I went on to read many, many more of those juvenile biographies, and then I moved on to Greek and Roman mythology. Later on, as a teenager, I began reading historical fiction of various flavors – everything from historical romances to romantic suspense and straight historical fiction. If it was set in the past – and particularly if it was set in England – I would give it a try. In college, I majored in history and even went on to get both a master’s degree and a Ph.D., emphasis on medieval history.

I think one of the main reasons I’m so fascinated by history is knowing that there are connections from the past to the present. Some are more clear-cut than others, but the connections are always there. There are connections on a grand scale as well as connections on a more intimate, definitely personal scale, like tracing one’s ancestors to see from whence you came.

These same connections are, for me, what makes a mystery plot interesting. What actions in the past are connected to events in the present? Did one event, an action by a single person, set the course that ended in a murder? Or perhaps several murders?

These are the questions at the root of every story in the “Cat in the Stacks” series. In the latest book, Claws for Concern, those actions lie twenty years in the past. Four people, two adults, and two children were killed on a farm. The murderer was never brought to justice. Will Charlie and Diesel be able to identify the killer after all these years?

~Miranda

Thank you, Miranda, for visiting today! 


Claws for Concern (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery (February 20, 2018)
Hardcover: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277782
Kindle ASIN: B072LT1Y7L

 

 

Charlie Harris is busy enjoying his new grandson when a mysterious man with a connection to Charlie’s family starts visiting the library, bringing with him troubling questions about an unsolved murder…

Charlie may be a proud new grandfather, but he and Diesel still have work to do at Athena College and the small Mississippi town’s public library. He’s too busy to deal with true-crime writer Jack Pemberton, who wants Charlie as the subject of his latest book–and who won’t take no for an answer.

A more appealing proposition for Charlie is spending time helping a kind, elderly man navigates the library’s genealogical database. But he’s shocked when he learns that the visitor’s search is focused on a member of his own family: his late aunt’s husband.

Charlie befriends the man and considers inviting him to stay in his home, but he’s soon given reason to question that notion. Jack is certain that Charlie’s new houseguest was involved in a shocking homicide that took place years ago in a small town near Athena. As this cold case heats up, Charlie and Diesel have to uncover a killer who may already be too close to home…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is one of my favorite cozy series. That cat on the cover, Diesel, always makes me smile and now remember my own big kitty Wiley who passed away January 17. Diesel is a little bit more intuitive than Wiley was but he comes darn close.

This time Diesel and his person, Charlie Harris, take on a cold case when a man at the library asks for help just after telling Charlie he is the son of his late aunt’s husband. Charlie and Diesel are enjoying a new baby and fielding inquiries from a man that wants to write about all the mysteries Charlie has solved. While not interested in being the feature of a book, Charlie and the author team up to solve one together, even if it means putting his newly found relative behind bars.

I loved everything about this story. The mystery really didn’t take hold until about halfway through the book, but this reader was drawn in and entertained from page one. James’ writing style makes it feel like you are having a conversation with Charlie or watching everything right over his shoulder. When the mystery is revealed Charlie takes us along as he visits everyone that could have the answers he needs to solve it. When his daughter and son-in-law observe a crucial “accident” it gives Charlie what he needs to press for even more answers.

Miranda James is a fantastic storyteller. Her characters are engaging and feel like friends or neighbors you like to spend a lot of time with. Charlie relationship with Helen Louise is moving along nicely now that she is getting more help at her restaurant. His daughter recently gave birth to his first grandchild and his son’s wife is due soon. Diesel is already a good baby minder, he feels it is his job to watch over that child and alert everyone if the baby barely makes a sound. Charlie’s housemates are also top-notch and of course his housekeeper Azalea is the one who keeps everyone in line.

This is a wonderful addition to this series. I do recommend you start at the beginning but this story does stand on its own.

If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy mystery to curl up with, look no further than Claws for Concern, or any other Miranda James story.

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Jan 132018
 

The mass market paperback of Twelve Angry Librarians was released January 2
so I am rewinding my review for the hardcover edition.  


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages (January 2, 2018)
ISBN-13: 978-0425277775
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277768
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5BNC
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Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself—in handcuffs…
 
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Seeing that kitty on the cover always makes me smile. I can’t believe this it the 8th Cat in the Stacks Mystery. This time we find Charlie running into some people he attended college with. Two he is very happy to see, one he wants to avoid. Knowing the one he wants to avoid is giving a keynote speech means they are going to meet face to face because Charlie’s library is hosting the event. The meeting does not go well but when the man drops dead during his address all eyes turn to Charlie as the prime suspect. Charlie quickly finds out there are several other librarians angry with Mr. Gavin Fong, he just needs to figure out which one permanently checked him out.

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I reviewed the first book, Murder Past Due, back in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Each story continues to build on that first one and always draws me in at page 1. Miranda James writes us another excellent mystery this time. One I read all in one sitting. It was like curling up with some old friends.

Charlie and his wonderful feline sidekick, Diesel, make a fantastic team and they work together so well in their  “purr – suit” to find the guilty party. This time there are so many suspects it was fun to parry them down one by one and even circle back to a few that I had already written off. This Gavin Fong sure rubbed people the wrong way. Charlie also has some things happening in his private life as well. Some great things, some that will take some thought, and one that has him a little worried. Diesel is such a calming presence in his life and one I understand so well myself.

This story is the epitome of what a cozy mystery is supposed to be with the exception that our amateur sleuth is a man, but a very lovable man. It is set in a small college town, we have a victim that has plenty of faults, and we are given a great mystery to solve. All the books in this series are outstanding.

A Cat-ivating Cozy !! A Purr-fect Escape!! 5 Paws!!

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Nov 162017
 

Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
by Susan Boles

 


Death at the Midnight Dragonfly
Argent Ocean Publishing (November 10, 2017)
Paperback: 216 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0997909357
E-Book ASIN: B0771PXNYD

On the fourth day of Christmas,
In Mercy, Mississippi….

Four suspects lying,
Three sleuths a sleuthing
Two clues a hiding
And a very, very dead body.

It’s the Christmas season in Mercy, Mississippi. But things are far from jolly.

For Vlad Templeton the sleepy little town where he spent his childhood provides the perfect place to conduct his state funded sleep study. But when the local bank manager, who was participating in the study, is found dead on his doorstep, is it a set up…or is Vlad somehow involved?

But, when someone makes an attempt on Lily Gayle’s and Dixie’s life, the two realize they better move fast….or they might end up sleeping forever.

About the Author

Susan calls McNairy County, TN her home ground even though she has moved away. It was here, at Bethel Springs Junior High School that she began her writing career with two friends. They formed their own little writers group that was so secret they were the only ones who knew it existed. She still has some of the stories they wrote carefully preserved in a loose leaf binder and tucked away for safety.

She has worked in retail management, briefly for the Census Bureau and for many years in the investment/insurance industry in the regulatory compliance arena. All of which are left brain activities. So she exercises her right brain activity with reading and writing…just to keep both sides even.

Reading has been a passion since she was very young. As a toddler, her mother read to her from her ‘baby books’ and her Mother tells a story about her holding one of them upsidedown and ‘reading’ by repeating the story verbatim from memory.

Susan writes mysteries set in the big city of Memphis, TN and the fictional small town of Mercy, Mississippi.

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Oct 182017
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am super excited to have Miranda James drop by today! 

An Antebellum Kind of Murder

By Miranda James

 

I’m not entirely certain where my fascination with old houses – mansions, really – began. The house I grew up in was built for my parents and me, and I was about eighteen months old when we moved into it. Our house was small: two bedrooms, one bathroom, kitchen, den, and living room with an attached carport. Nothing antebellum or mansion-like about it, but I loved growing up there.

Most likely, the fascination started with Nancy Drew – the same way my love of mysteries did. Nancy’s adventures thrilled me, and several of them take place in old houses, some of them antebellum mansions. The Hidden Staircase, The Sign of the Twisted Candles, and The Secret in the Old Attic feature settings that fit the bill. (Three of my favorite books in the series, by the way!) Every old dwelling has secrets to tell, and Nancy always managed to winkle them out.

I imagined what it would be like to live in a house that had multiple stories, features like turrets or secret rooms or hidden passages, and a long connection to the past. (I have always wanted a turret of my own but sadly I don’t think I’ll ever have one.)

Nancy got me started and later, when I discovered romantic suspense novels, many of those were set in mysterious castles or Elizabethan manors or Victorian mansions. I read as many as I could find, and one of my all-time favorites, Barbara Michaels (aka Elizabeth Peters) wrote some wonderful books in which the houses were as important as the human characters in the story.

When I created the Ducote Sisters, who first appeared in Out of Circulation, the fourth Cat in the Stacks book, I made them owners of an antebellum mansion, Riverhill. An important scene in the book takes place at Riverhill, and I loved writing it. When the time came for the sisters to appear in their own series, I decided that each book would involve a grand old mansion of some sort. That holds true with Fixing to Die, the fourth book in the series. This time the setting is a house named Cliffwood, situated in Natchez, Mississippi – known as one of the most haunted towns in America.

Cliffwood is reputed to be haunted, like other antebellum mansions in Natchez, but Miss An’gel and Miss Dickce think human hands are at work making mischief. Will they be able to uncover the truth and unmask the villain? Or will they end up believing in ghosts before it’s all over?

~Miranda James

Thank you Miranda so much for visiting today! 

Find out all about Miranda on her books on her webpage here.


Fixing to Die (A Southern Ladies Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date – October 3, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0399584770
Kindle ASIN: B01MU94DX6

 

 

It’s autumn down south, and An’gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend. Mary and her husband, Henry Howard, live in Cliffwood, one of the beautiful antebellum homes for which Natchez is famous.

Odd things have been happening in the house for years, and the French Room in particular has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The Ducotes suspect the ghostly goings-on are caused by the living, but when a relative of the Catlins is found dead in the room, An’gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.

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Jun 022017
 


On Flashback Fridays I will share with you the books I was not able to review
when they were first released that have been screaming at me
from my To-Be-Read bookshelf.

This book was technically not on my TBR shelf. It is a series that has been on my radar and on my wish list. The author’s publicist contacted me back in April to promote the series and generously sent me the first book. HOW IN THE WORLD WAS THIS SERIES NOT IN MY HANDS WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT?? I am kicking myself!! 


Double Whammy (A Davis Way Crime Caper)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Mississippi
Henery Press (May 14, 2013)
Paperback: 306 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1938383366
Kindle ASIN: B00CQETPRM

 

 

 

Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex-husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

With a main character with the name Davis Way (I once lived in a town with a street by that name) I knew this was going to be a very interesting story. What I didn’t expect was to be laughing out loud one minute and on the edge of my seat the next. This happened repeatedly throughout the story. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Davis Way is a twice divorced, (from the same man), former police officer (her daddy is the chief) with a degree in criminal justice and information technology, (meaning she has a few hacking skills) woman from the teeny tiny town of Pine Apple, (two words) Alabama. She has been interviewing for a job in Biloxi, Mississippi for weeks and still has not seen or heard the job description. She accepts the job at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino with absolutely no idea what she is going to be doing.

  • She never imagined running into her ex x 2 husband or her doppelganger but she does.
  • Nor did she imagine she would find any dead bodies but several appear in her path.
  • She also didn’t imagine ending up behind bars but that is exactly where she lands.

Maybe she should have looked at that employment contract more carefully because she while she didn’t expect to hit the jackpot the only luck she seems to have is Very Bad.

I got on my stool and pulled the lever and hit the winning combination when I started reading this story and I had a hard time putting it down. Davis’ new job starts out crazy and I loved all the “security” assignments she was doing for the casino. Little mini mysteries. But then the story takes a dark turn and I was in shock and felt horrible for Davis and didn’t know how she was going to get herself out of a huge mess.  I can’t say more without spoiling the story, so the plot talk stops here. 🙂

What I can say is Gretchen Archer has written an amazing story. She takes Davis on a wild ride and never takes her foot off the gas. I really liked Davis, she is brassy, smart and persistant but she has her flaws. Her father has her back always, her mother and sister not so much. The rest of the supporting cast is so well written and some are very complex souls. Davis meets a lot of very unique people. Most of them have secrets or are hiding something.

I found the casino/hotel setting very interesting. I am not much of a gambler myself but have played the slots a few times. Nothing as elaborate at what Davis was dealing with though. I loved the two “grandmas” she meets. That may be me someday. The knowledge of what goes on from behind the scenes from the basements to the guest rooms to the office was all very captivating.

To say this book is entertaining is a gross understatement. It is a fabulous debut. Full of twists and turns and is different from other cozy mysteries I have read. You have to read this book!! I can’t wait to read the rest of this series. Kudos Ms. Archer! You have hit the jackpot!!

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Apr 292017
 


I am so excited to feature this series today!


Double Whammy (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 1)

Cozy Mystery
Henery Press
Hardcover: 300 pages (August 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1940976907
Paperback: 306 pages (May 14, 2013)
ISBN-13: 978-1938383366
E-Book ASIN: B00CQETPRM

Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex-husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley Cole steps in. Make that her landlord, lawyer, and love interest. With his help, Davis must win this high stakes game before her luck runs out.


Double Dip (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 2)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press
Hardcover: 272 pages (August 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1941962015
Paperback: 260 pages (January 28, 2014)
ISBN-13: 978-1938383946
E-Book ASIN: B00I1OJQTI

It’s Davis Way’s first slot-tournament season. And it may be her last…Things are dicey at work. A personal assistant goes missing, a little old lady goes on a suspicious winning streak, and a Bellissimo executive goes gaga for Davis. She follows a disappearing slot-tournament player trail to the So Help Me God Pentecostal Church in Beehive, Alabama, then jumps headlong into a high stakes holy scandal.

She’s on a losing streak at home, too. Her days, nights, and dinners run together, as Davis juggles a revolving door of uninvited guests, namely her rotten ex-ex-husband, Eddie Crawford. And Bradley Cole thinks three’s a crowd.

The worst? Davis doesn’t feel so hot. Maybe it’s the banana pudding, or maybe it’s a little bundle of something else.

DOUBLE DIP. A reckless ride in the fast lane, and Davis Way can’t find the brakes.

Double Strike (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 3)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (October 21, 2014)
Hardcover: 270 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962145
Paperback: 260 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940976334
E- Book ASIN: B00N11O8TY

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way knows three things: Cooking isn’t a prerequisite for a happy marriage, don’t trust men who look like David Hasselhoff, and money doesn’t grow on Christmas trees. None of which help when a storm hits the Gulf a week before the most anticipated event in Bellissimo history: the Strike It Rich Sweepstakes. Securing the guests, staff, and property might take a stray bullet. Or two.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three problems: She’s desperate to change her marital status, she has a new boss who speaks in hashtags, and Bianca Sanders has confiscated her clothes. All of which bring on a headache hot enough to spark a fire. Solving her problems means stealing a car. From a dingbat lawyer.

Bellissimo Resort and Casino Super Spy Davis Way has three goals: Keep the Sanders family out of prison, regain her footing in her relationship, and find the genius who wrote the software for futureGaming. One of which, the manhunt one, is iffy. Because when Alabama hides someone, they hide them good.


Double Mint (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 4)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (July 21, 2015)
Hardcover: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962800
Paperback: 267 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1941962770
E-Book ASIN: B00WGZ3OU0

It’s convention season at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino and Davis Way Cole barely notices. It’s hard to pay attention when you live in a Jambalaya Junkyard. But when Special Events Coordinator Holder Darby walks off the job just as five hundred Alabama bankers pour in the front door, Davis steps up.

Or would that be in? Definitely in. Davis steps in.

It.

Not only has the convention director vanished, but a certain Bellissimo guest is missing. One who forgot to pack the million dollars he left in the bathtub. It looks like our redhead newlywed Super Secret Spy’s lazy summer is over when the Bellissimo vault is robbed. Can Davis connect the dots before it’s too late? Can she get her Taser gun back from Bianca Sanders? Will she be stuck with Eddie Crawford’s 1962 Cadillac forever? What Davis needs is a little faith. And a lot of luck.

DOUBLE MINT.
New money. Old sins. Back to jail. And a cat.
(A cat?)
Break the Bank.

Double Knot (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 5)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (April 12, 2016)
Hardcover: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110326
Paperback: 268 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110296
E-Book ASIN: B01AWTXVWC

Super Spy Davis Way sets sail on a Caribbean cruise aboard the MS Probability with fifty billionaires, a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage, Anderson Cooper, and her mother. (Her mother?) The weather is perfect, the seas are calm, and Suite 704 is spectacular. Until the door slams shut. For good.

Obviously, it’s a system glitch. Surely someone will show up to free Davis, Miss Hawaii, and the creepy staff. But when the minutes turn to hours and the hours stretch into a day, Davis knows it’s up to her. With $50,000 in casino chips, a pot roast, and a crash course in banking, she races against the clock to determine why they’re being held, stop the people behind it, and find a way out.

Secrets are revealed, antiquities are destroyed, and they’re running out of dishes. It’s mayday on Probability when Davis Way realizes that only the truth will set her free.

Double Jinx: A Bellissimo Casino Crime Caper Short StoryCozy Short Story
Henery Press (October 4, 2016)
Print Length: 35 pages
E-Book ASIN: B01LZ2N59J

July Jackson’s job as Holiday Host at the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi is more trick than treat when one of her Scary Rich slot tournament players croaks. Then $3,000,000 goes missing. And a couple dressed as condiments—he’s Mustard, she’s Ketchup—might be behind the spooky shenanigans. What’s a Holiday Host to do? Call in the flying monkeys? July turns to the highest level of casino security and meets a boy named Baylor. Just Baylor. From there, it’s all thrills and chills.

Double Up (A Davis Way Crime Caper Book 6)
Cozy Mystery
Henery Press (March 21, 2017)
Hardcover:262 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111842
Paperback: 262 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635111811
E-Book ASIN: B01MU9DM31

Fasten your seatbelts for non-stop action as stiff competition blows into town and the resulting turbulence threatens to take down the Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Super Secret Spy Davis Way Cole, who lives on the twenty-ninth floor of the hotel with her CEO husband and newborn twins, takes it hard. If the casino goes belly up, she won’t be a stay-at-home mom because she won’t have a home. Not to mention her husband won’t have a job.

Davis can’t find a way to stop the inevitable end of the Bellissimo life she loves until her ex-ex-mother-in-law shows up, unexpected and definitely uninvited. Davis makes the best of a bad Bea Crawford situation and recruits her for a little corporate espionage work, which would’ve been great, had Bea not turned out to be the world’s worst spy.

Ever.

Seatbacks and tray tables in their upright positions as we prepare for a bumpy ride with babies, bankruptcies, besties, and shrimp. (Shrimp?)

Enjoy your flight.

About Gretchen Archer

Gretchen Archer is the USA TODAY-bestselling author of Double Whammy, Double Dip, and Double Strike, the first three novels in the Davis Way Crime Caper series from mystery publisher Henery Press. Double Whammy was a finalist for the 2014 Daphne du Mauier Awards. Her 2016 short story, “Double Jinx,” is nominated for an Agatha Award.

A Tennessee housewife who began writing when her daughters (seeking higher educations) left her, Archer lives on Lookout Mountain with her husband, son, and a Yorkie named Bently. Her newest book from the Davis Way Crime Caper series, Double Up, is available now. Visit her on www.gretchenarcher.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

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Feb 232017
 


Twelve Angry Librarians (Cat in the Stacks Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Mississippi
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Release Date – February 21, 2017
Hardcover: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277768
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5BNC
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Light-hearted librarian Charlie Harris is known around his hometown of Athena, Mississippi, for walking his cat, a rescued Maine Coon named Diesel. But he may soon be taken for a walk himself—in handcuffs…
 
Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Seeing that kitty on the cover always makes me smile. I can’t believe this it the 8th Cat in the Stacks Mystery. This time we find Charlie running into some people he attended college with. Two he is very happy to see, one he wants to avoid. Knowing the one he wants to avoid is giving a keynote speech means they are going to meet face to face because Charlie’s library is hosting the event. The meeting does not go well but when the man drops dead during his address all eyes turn to Charlie as the prime suspect. Charlie quickly finds out there are several other librarians angry with Mr. Gavin Fong, he just needs to figure out which one permanently checked him out.

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I reviewed the first book, Murder Past Due, back in 2010 and absolutely loved it. Each story continues to build on that first one and always draws me in at page 1. Miranda James writes us another excellent mystery this time. One I read all in one sitting. It was like curling up with some old friends.

Charlie and his wonderful feline sidekick, Diesel, make a fantastic team and they work together so well in their  “purr – suit” to find the guilty party. This time there are so many suspects it was fun to parry them down one by one and even circle back to a few that I had already written off. This Gavin Fong sure rubbed people the wrong way. Charlie also has some things happening in his private life as well. Some great things, some that will take some thought, and one that has him a little worried. Diesel is such a calming presence in his life and one I understand so well myself.

This story is the epitome of what a cozy mystery is supposed to be with the exception that our amateur sleuth is a man, but a very lovable man. It is set in a small college town, we have a victim that has plenty of faults, and we are given a great mystery to solve. All the books in this series are outstanding.

A Cat-ivating Cozy !! A Purr-fect Escape!! 5 Paws!!

Dollycas

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