Dec 052018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

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

Welcome, Kate! 

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I live in the Pacific Northwest and write multiple mystery series. All of my books are set here because I think it’s one of the most beautiful places on the planet and I love getting to share that with readers. I want readers to feel a deep sense of place when they read my books.

What are three things most people don’t know about you? I’m fluent in sign language. I cannot sing to save my life. I’m a total klutz. Not once, but twice I’ve tripped on the sidewalk and broken a bone.

What is the first book you remember reading? Little House on the Prairie. My mom read it out loud to me every night before bed. She ignited my passion for books and reading at a young age.

What are you reading now? Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It’s a wonderful story about overcoming the past and finding a way to let love in. It’s heartbreaking at times, but equally uplifting. I highly recommend it!

What made you decide you want to write?  I wrote my first mystery in second grade, which my parents saved. I wrote poetry, songs, and essays throughout my early childhood and into my college years. I wrote dozens of terrible first drafts of books that will never see the light of day. It wasn’t until much later that I decided to take the plunge into writing mysteries.

Do you have a special place you like to write? I write in my office. I wish that I was the kind of writer who could go to a coffee shop or a bookstore to write, but I need complete focus when I’m writing. I get too distracted people watching anywhere other than my office. Plus, I usually end up walking around and talking to myself or acting out a scene when I’m working on a new manuscript. I might get some strange looks at a coffee shop.

Where do the ideas for your books come from? Everywhere! Honestly, no joke, I have stacks and stacks of scraps of paper, napkins, old receipts, with story ideas from the news, from friends, from listening to strangers on an airplane. Story ideas are everywhere. The issue is finding time to use them all.

What books have most inspired you? Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew, and Trixie Belden—were all early influences, but I read everything. My dad taught English so he introduced me to Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and all of the classics. I love Ursula Le Guin, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen. I could go on and on…

Is there anything about writing you find most challenging? Time! I constantly have story ideas and characters tapping at my head. I need more hours in the day.

What do you think makes a good story? Authenticity. Of course, readers will have to suspend some belief when it comes to murder, but I love to read and want to write stories that have depth and real characters who grow and evolve.

Which, of all your characters, do you think is the most like you? I think each of my protagonists have a piece of me in them. Touches of my real life experience come through in everything I write, and I’m glad that I get to share that with readers.

Why did you pick your particular genre? I think that mysteries are sometimes under-rated. They’re very cerebral. The reader has the same opportunity as the sleuth to piece together the clues and figure out whodunit. It’s all there on the page, as long as you don’t go astray down a red herring trail. I also think there’s something very satisfying about reading mysteries. In today’s world where everything feels out of control, there’s comfort in knowing that every book will bring closure and justice. Where good triumphs over evil.

What makes your books different from others out there in this genre? My books definitely have a Pacific Northwest slant, and very strong female relationships. Sometimes female relationships end up maligned in books, but I like writing female characters who support one another.

What’s next on the horizon for you? Next up is the release of the 9th book, Live and Let Pie, in my Bakeshop Mysteries that I write as Ellie Alexander, coming in early 2019.

~Thank you, Kate, so much for visiting today.

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

About the Book

Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Kensington (November 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-10: 1496705157
ISBN-13: 978-1496705150
Digital ASIN: B07B73XJJG

Who could object to a flower festival?

Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin are delighted that their Portland floral boutique is part of the city’s Rose Festival, which draws thousands to the Pacific Northwest for dragon boat races, fireworks, and other attractions—capped off by a big parade. They’re building a float that’s sure to rock the judge’s boat . . . until a gang of angry protestors shows up. The group, who call themselves Dark Fusion, are decidedly not into flower power, and they want to take down the system . . . including the upcoming extravaganza.

Then their leader is strangled with a garland of violets—and Britta finds the body. With tensions running high and so much at stake, there are plenty of suspects, from the Grand Marshal to a longtime volunteer to a former Rose Queen. But before Britta and Elin can stem the violence, the case is going to get even more explosive . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have been looking forward to heading back to Portland since I finished Natural Thorn Killers back in April. Britta Johnston and her aunt Elin have the most amazing flower shop and create such spectacular arrangements so having them design a beautiful, shining float for the annual Rose Parade is exciting. So much work with the help of just a few volunteers. But a group of protesters is ready to ruin everything. Dark Fusion, a gang, is determined to take down the system, starting with disrupting the whole event. Organizers are nervous, the police are on high alert, but when the gang’s leader is killed terror rises to a new level. Britta finding the body and her curious nature has her snooping for clues. But hold on tight, the city is going to rock before this killer is brought to justice.

This was a fantastic read. Tension always just below the surface until everything explodes.

I have helped build a few floats in my day and rode on a few too. Nothing ever elaborate as the floats in this story but understood the hard work that goes into making them truly shine. Most of the story takes place in the “float barn” and the author took us inside and her words truly painted a picture of all the happenings. The flowers, the floats, the cut up hands of the workers trying to get everything just right. The craziness and chaos as the deadline for completion draws near and then the chaos of a murder investigation added on top of all that.

Ms. Dyer-Seeley has created very likable characters along with some dastardly ones. Britta has her hands full with the float and making centerpiece arrangements for the big festival dinner, plus she is in the prime position to ask questions and make keen observations. Elin has an old beau in town and she spends most of her time with him rekindling their romance. There are tons of suspects especially the gang members full of violent tendencies. But a former Rose Festival Princess, the Grand Marshall and a couple other festival workers also find their names on the list.

The story takes some great twists and turns. Danger ramps up with fires and explosions. The pace was fast, almost too fast in places. Things were happening so quickly I had to slow down and reread a couple passages to make sure where all the key people ended up and zone it to catch any clues.

The author ties things up very satisfactorily at the end but I almost didn’t want the story to end. I really like Britta and her Aunt Elin and  wasn’t quite ready to say good-bye. I am excited to see what happens next in their lives.

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Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Praise for Violet Tendencies (A Rose City Mystery)
by Kate Dyer-Seeley

If you don’t love flowers before reading this book you definitely will by the time you are done. We get the loveliest flower descriptions ever in these stories thanks to the love of flowers from the main character Britta who runs a flower shop with her Aunt.
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Ms. Dyer-Seeley is one of my absolute favorite writers and Violet Tendencies is a fun, exciting mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
~Moonlight Rendezvous

Lots of good suspects and plenty of suspicious activity make VIOLET TENDENCIES a complex, suspenseful mystery.
~Cozy Up With Kathy

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Aug 302018
 


Wuthering Kites (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Berkley (September 4, 2018)
Print Length: 304 pages
ASIN: B0782XGQH9

Kite shop owner Emmy Adler feels an ill wind blowing through Rock Point when a murder hits close to home in the third Kite Shop mystery.

It’s nothing but blue skies ahead for Rock Point kite shop owner Emmy Adler. Strings Attached is thriving–even winning attention from a big-city reporter who wants to interview Emmy–and Emmy’s relationship with her main competitor, Jack Sullivan, is going strong.

But Emmy’s sunny outlook turns stormy when she finds a woman dead on the floor of the Strings Attached. When the sheriff eyes Jack as the main suspect after his kite charm turns up near the body, Emmy strikes up an investigation of her own. With Strings Attached’s safety breached and Jack’s whole family tangled up in the case, Emmy’s determined to track down the real killer before all her dreams get blown off course.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Emmy Adler owns kite shop Strings Attached and she is so excited that she is going to be interviewed by a big city reporter. That story should put her shop on the map and help her business grow. That is until someone is killed in her shop. It appears to be the big city reporter and the evidence has the police looking a Jack Sullivan, Emmy’s boyfriend, and her main competitor. Before long Emmy realizes something that quickly involves Jack’s whole family. Before Jack’s life goes up, up and away Ellie decides to clear Jack from suspicion and find the killer herself.

A murder in a locked kite shop, no sign of forced entry, who had keys? This is a very clever mystery. A big twist tips the mystery on its ear and opens up the suspect pool. This story was perfectly paced for me and I loved the way everything came together.

I really enjoy these character so much. Emmy’s father reenactment group was just too funny. The way everyone just goes along with it was so genuine. We all meet Jack’s family.  All the core characters continue to evolve in realistic ways. There is still plenty of room for growth and more mysteries.

The Oregon coast setting is again wonderfully described. I have been to Oregon, but never the coast. It is a place I would love to visit. This literary trip was a great little getaway.

A great mystery with fun characters. A Perfect Escape. Let’s go fly a kite!!

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Clover Tate is a former congressional investigator and the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries, including Blown Away and Live and Let Fly.

I am nervous about this series. The publisher decided to only release this book in digital format. That is why the publisher is not offering a giveaway. I hope that does not mean the end of the series because I am not ready to leave these characters behind.

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Apr 042018
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

Kate Dyer-Seeley is touring with Great Escapes and I am happy to feature her new book today.
Be sure to check out the rest of her tour for guest posts, interviews, and more reviews!


Natural Thorn Killer (A Rose City Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Oregon
Kensington (March 27, 2018)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496705136
Digital ASIN: B073NPHX8Z

Cut down among the flowers . . .

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around—and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Blooma, a flower/wine shop in Portland Oregon is where Britta Johnston finds herself after leaving her lazy husband and job behind. Her Aunt Elin’s shop is expanding and she is thrilled Britta is bringing her artistic talents home. Soon after Britta arrives she learns that a real estate developer wants to buy out all the local business owners so he can tear everything down and rebuild a marketplace with housing on the waterfront. Most of the owners are refusing to sell, but the developer gives one last push and that push may have caused his demise. Britta arrives at Blooma and discovers the developer dead surrounded by dead roses and her Aunt Elin’s garden shears pushed right into his chest. When the police decide Elin is their main suspect Britta decides to sow a few seeds of her own to find the real natural thorn killer.

Blooma is a delightful setting for this cozy mystery. Elin’s interest in wearable items made of flowers is unique and fresh as is her whole outlook on her business. Flowers grown locally is what she uses for all her creations. She tunes and really listens to her customer’s wishes to make something original and that is what set her above other florists. Plus she has a wine bar and she is opening up a cottage next to the shop for events and classes. The whole Riverplace Village sounds pretty fantastic.

We meet Britta Johnston in the middle of a cold Minnesota winter when she is fed up with her husband and realizes she will never be happy at her job. She just packs up, gets on the train and heads home to Portland. I myself would probably take the Minnesota weather over the Oregon cold rainy weather but I sure can’t blame her for changing her life and following her dream especially when her aunt’s business is the perfect place for Britta to bloom.

The mystery was well planned and plotted. I formed an instant dislike for the victim, as had almost everyone around him. That means plenty of suspects. It also means Detective Pete Fletcher and Officer Thomas “Tomo” Iwamoto spent a lot of time around the flower shop. I really enjoyed Tomo, he was so friendly and good-natured. Detective Fletcher was great too. The mystery was not easy to solve and kept me guessing right up until the end.

All of the characters we met within this story were pretty fleshed out for the first book in a series. They were very engaging and relatable. They are characters I want to get to know more about and the relationships they build together.

This series is off to an excellent start! I am excited to see what is next for Britta and Elin.

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About the Author

Kate Dyer-Seeley aka Ellie Alexander writes multiple mystery series, all with a Pacific Northwest touch. She lives in the PNW with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.

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Jan 092018
 

Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
by Tracy Weber


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
5th in Series
Setting – Washington/Oregon
Midnight Ink (January 8, 2018)
Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0738750682
E-Book ASIN: B0711WY9ST

 

 

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his green card-seeking wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found—by Kate and her dog, no less—Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this fifth Downward Dog Mystery, Kate, Michael, Bella along with Rene and her entire family including twin babies and twin dogs hit the road and travel to Oregon. Kate was expecting a proposal but then Michael drops the bomb that he is already married and that his wife is blackmailing him. Furious with Michael she shuts him out but when he decides to go talk to his wife the whole gang goes along. After one chilly meeting with the woman, Kate is unsure what to think. But then Bella later finds the woman dead on the beach, Kate panics, she knows Michael is going to the prime suspect. After a few deep cleansing breaths Kate and Rene team up to find out what really happened much to the despair of Michael’s lawyer, her friend, and her mother’s significant other.

I have been waiting for this book since I finished the last one, so I fixed myself a beverage and a little snack and settled in to read. A few hours later I reached the end and reentered society 🙂 feeling that time must have flown by. From the moment Michael told Kate he was already married I was sucked right into the pages. I was livid for her, how could he have kept that kind of thing secret?

The author took us on quite a journey to first track down the wife and then find her murderer, all while taking care of two infants and 3 dogs. I was kept extremely entertained. These characters are realistic, fun, smart, determined and very centered most of the time. I love the role Bella plays in each mystery. He is is a very special, caring dog that has a nose for dead bodies while being a true canine companion for Kate. Even this time when he meets a polydactyl cat named Mouse he adjusts and comes to love the kitty.  Kate and Bella are so good for each other.

This story really hit me on an emotional level. I am not sure I would have been able to be as strong as Kate. She put her hurt feelings aside to save a man who didn’t trust her enough to be truthful and his first words after he told her were like a stake in the heart. This added to the mystery of who killed his wife made this just a compelling read. There were several suspects, a cop that refused to look beyond Michael, and a whole bunch of twists and turns until the truth is revealed. The author also weaves the yoga theme throughout the whole complex mystery. This story is so well written.

I believe to get the full experience of this story you need to read Kate’s story from the beginning, but with that said Tracy Weber has written this story in a way that it can stand on its own.

Dollycas

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Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Tracy loves sharing her passion for yoga and animals in any form possible. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and is a 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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Dec 202017
 

Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to welcome Clover Tate to Escape With Dollycas!


Guest Post
by Clover Tate
(Provided by publicist.)

Readers sometimes tilt their heads at me and ask, “How much of you is Emmy Adler?”

Emmy is the heroine of my kite shop mysteries, including the second in the series, Live and Let Fly. Emmy is in her early 30s, an artist-kitemaker, and a bit confused about her romantic life. Since the series is written in Emmy’s point of view, it’s natural for readers to wonder how similar we are. Am I like her? Not a bit! And, yet, of course, I am.

First for the “not a bit” part. Without getting specific, I’m, well, a bit older than Emmy. I’ve never crafted a kite. I live in a city, not a tiny beach town like Rock Point. While Emmy has Bear, an Australian Shepherd, I have two cats. Unlike Emmy, my romantic life is firmly under control.

At the same time, Emmy and I have a lot in common. First is our shared sense of humor. Emmy wouldn’t have parents who take part in a Watergate reenactment club if it didn’t crack me up. Emmy laughs at it, too, and she, like I, think it’s hilarious that the National Bloodhound reporter in Live and Let Fly is named Nicky Byrd the third, and that the murder victim, Jasmine Normand, was on a reality TV dating safari show called Bag That Babe.

Plus, Emmy and I also both like food. I didn’t intend it to happen, but when Emmy fetches a cup of coffee or a tuna melt at her best friend Avery’s café, the Brew House, we both luxuriate in its fragrance and taste. I know authors who dread that their characters have to eat from time to time, but I enjoy describing meals, from Rock Point’s Tidal Basin’s glass of pinot noir to its sautéed morel mushrooms and salmon steak.

Finally, Emmy and I both share a soft spot for misfits. While in Live and Let Fly the rest of the town dismisses cranky Marcus Salek as just another sourpuss, Emmy recognizes the hurt beneath his sarcasm. She’s also willing to understand the eloquent but clumsy Nicky Byrd as someone needing direction for his talent.

I feel that way, too. It’s the offbeat people around me who have inspired me to break off from corporate America. I can’t help but embrace dreamers and explorers, and I guess that’s why I write mysteries and why quirky folks will always earn a central place in what I write.

Really, the best people are just a hair off kilter. Emmy is, and so am I. Maybe you are, too?

~Clover

Thank you, Clover, so much for visiting today!


Live and Let Fly (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date – December 5, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425283554
Kindle ASIN: B06XK3ZS7Z

 

 

Kite shop owner Emmy Adler becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation that could send her dreams crashing to the ground…

With summer drawing to a close in Rock Point, Oregon, Emmy Adler hopes to beat the seasonal drop in business by winning the annual kite festival. What better way to garner publicity for the handmade kites sold in her shop, Strings Attached? In the days leading up to the festival, Emmy’s ambitions are soaring. Even an argument with reality TV star and contest judge Jasmine Normand can’t bring her down. But when Jasmine is found dead the morning after their altercation, Emmy’s no longer flying high.

When the police open an investigation into Jasmine’s death and deem it a murder, Emmy falls under suspicion. With a national tabloid reporter convinced that she is guilty and business at her shop at a standstill, Emmy has to trade kite making for crime solving—or find all of her ambitions blown off course.

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

The song from Mary Poppins “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” started playing in my head as soon as I saw this book cover. But kite flying is not all fun and games in Rock Point, Oregon, especially when Emmy is getting ready for the annual kite festival. Her shop’s future could depend on whether she wins or loses. A celebrity has been brought in to judge the event but she and Emmy get off to a terrible start with an argument in front of in front of a bunch of people. When the judge is killed soon after she becomes a prime suspect. She may have information to clear herself but a member of the paparazzi is not letting her off the hook. To save Strings Attached? she is really going to have to fly around to prove her innocence or all her dreams may go “Up, Up, and Away”.

I really enjoyed my literary trip to Rock Point. Kites in the air, waves crashing on the beach, the wind in my hair and murder to solve.

As in Blown Away, the first book in this series, the story starts out at a good clip. Emmy’s sister Sunny drops in for an unexpected and what could be a lengthy visit, and she has not informed her parents where she is. If Emmy keeps Sunny’s whereabouts a secret from her mom she knows it is going to come back and bite her, but she is too stressed out about the kite she is creating to enter in the festival and all the tourists coming to town. I admire Emmy’s patience with her sister. I wanted to jump into the pages more than once and pummel the girl myself.

Avery’s busy too at the Brew House, so Sunny moving in is no big deal for her.  Emmy has gotten close to Jack Sullivan, the owner of the other kit store in town. They are competing against each other in the Best Kite division, and she is looking forward to taking him down. 🙂 Other characters from book one have returned, including a certain Australian Shepherd,  and we are introduced to a few new ones too, Hollywood types and the entourage that follows them. All were highly entertaining.

Midway through the story, the pace levels out just a bit but then as the clues start to fall into place and the suspect/s start to feel the pressure the pace heats up again. My pages were flying. The plot was well thought through with surprising twists. The subplots were interesting and I am excited about the next book to see some of them continue.

I love that Emmy creates one-of-kind kites. I was really into sewing and quilting before my accident and she uses several techniques I am very familiar with. It is nice to read about something I used to love to do so much. The author described it all so well. I could almost feel like it was my hand pushing the needle through the fabric. The colors described were so bright and appealing too.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Clover Tate is a former congressional investigator and the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries, including Blown Away and Live and Let Fly.


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Apr 052017
 


Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am excited to welcome Morgan C. Talbot to Escape With Dollycas today.
Her book Smugglers & Scones is available until April 8 for just 99¢ on
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The Oregon Coast

The Oregon Coast might not seem like an intuitive choice for a getaway—whether romantic, adventurous, or what-have-you. But you’d be surprised what lies shrouded in its often-foggy vistas.

On a geological level (which isn’t actually level very often, thanks to the Juan de Fuca Plate diving under North America), the Oregon Coast has a lot of basalt, which makes for excellent craggy headlands and all those mysterious rocks you see rising majestically out of the surf—such as Haystack Rock. All the coolest lighthouses—and we have a lot of those—sit on basalt outcrops, high above the foaming sea. And under the right conditions, boy can it foam! In between our dark and brooding cliffs, the shore spreads wide and smooth with long stretches of golden-gray sand. In some places, the sands are strewn with shells. Other beaches bear antique glass remnants, roughly polished to a smooth gleam, and long kelp strands that would make Indiana Jones jealous on behalf of his whip. And yes, you can absolutely ride horses through the foamy surf at sunset!

Historically, the coast has only been occupied by settlers from back East for a short while—less than two hundred years. Native tribes would trade with trappers, settlers, and sailors hunting for the Northwest Passage. Even the odd Spanish Galleon got blown off course to the Oregon Coast during the heyday of trade between the Philippines and Mexico. Many of the place names along the coast reflect a myriad of local tribes, and museums dot the coastal highway, preserving vital information about those who lived along the coast before us. We even have a few buried treasure mysteries just lying around, all unsolved and everything. What are you waiting for?

The left edge of the North American Continent is a uniquely beautiful spot, especially on the Oregon Coast. You can watch sea lions from shore and whale migrations from viewpoints and boats. Sprawling aquariums showcase creatures from the Giant Pacific Octopus to seals, otters, seabirds, and fish. Hiking, kayaking, boating, camping, fishing, nature photography—it’s all here where the land meets the sea. Oregon’s outdoors is truly great.

A quirk of the Pacific Ocean brings cooler currents in summer and warmer ones in winter, so the average temperature has even less variance than many coastal locations. Weather is delightfully unpredictable, though. I once drove through a rare and honestly scary thunderstorm on my way out for a research trip. Twenty minutes later I reached the coastline, where I basked in sunny, 65-degree temperatures—in November. That was a glorious weekend!

Whether you enjoy wildlife, untamed nature, the endless stretch of the Pacific’s horizon, a good dip into history, or just tooling along to see what catches your eye next, you can’t go wrong visiting the Oregon Coast. Just remember to bring both an umbrella and the sunscreen.

Smugglers & Scones
(Moorehaven Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
New Series
Setting – Oregon
Red Adept Publishing (January 17, 2017)
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1940215877
Kindle ASIN: B01N32N46H

 

 

Pippa Winterbourne runs Moorehaven, the Oregon Coast’s quirkiest bed-and-breakfast and former home of world-famous mystery writer A. Raymond Moore. Guests come there to write their own crime novels. When a real-life murder takes a local’s life and washes a handsome boat pilot into her arms, Pippa is yanked into a deadly plot of her own. A tangle of secrets crashes past into present, and Pippa must uncover clues dating back to Seacrest’s Prohibition days, including a secret Moore himself hid from the world.

Juggling her book-writing guests, small-town intrigues, secret club agendas, and a possibly fatal attraction, Pippa must sort fact from fiction to know who to trust before a desperate killer claims a final revenge nearly a century in the making.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Welcome to Moorehaven. Former home of mystery author A. Raymond Moore. It is now a B&B run by Pippa Winterbourne that caters only to authors who need to get away to write or complete a their books. Pippa needs to bend the rules when a boat capsizes off her shore and she rescues a man. Lake Ivens needs a place to stay while he recovers. Pippa is surprised to learn there was another man aboard who didn’t survive. The police are calling his death a homicide and Pippa’s new guest is their prime suspect. She has found herself quite drawn to Lake and knows he is innocent. With the help of the other authors staying at the B&B, she sets a course to catch the real killer.

This story has an interesting element in that the home’s original owner, who has been dead for years, becomes a very important part of the story. There is a library at the B & B that is much like a museum, containing his books, his notes and other papers. It is through these things several clues are answered and help move Pippa’s investigation along. We learn a lot about the area especially in the time of prohibition, hence the smugglers part of the title. I was really taken by A. Raymond Moore’s presence throughout the story.

The author introduces us to Pippa and how she came to be running her establishment and its unique rules. We also get to know her uncle and Lake very well. The remaining cast was not as fully developed but I hope this means we will see them again and get to know them better in future installments. There is a lot of room for all of them to grow. I can’t forget to mention the furry feline residents at the B&B too, Svetlana and Rex who won my heart easily.

The plot is full of twists and starts with Pippa’s amazing feat of rescuing Lake. Reading that part was chilling for me. That Pippa is one brave woman. After that the pace stays steady until clues start to come together and again becomes chilling.

This series is off to a wonderful start. I want to see where the author takes these characters and what other secrets Moorehaven may hold.  I am excited about this series’ future.

Dollycas

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About the Author

Morgan is an outdoorsy girl with a deep and abiding love for the natural sciences. Her degrees involve English and jujitsu. She enjoys hiking, camping, and wandering in the woods looking for the trail to the car, but there isn’t enough chocolate on the planet to bribe her into rock climbing. When she’s not writing, she can be found making puzzles, getting lost on the way to geocaches, reading stories to her children, or taking far too many pictures of the same tree or rock. She lives in Eastern Washington with her family.
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Mar 032017
 


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.


A Bead in the Hand
(Glass Bead Mystery Series)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Oregon
Vetrai Press (June 4, 2016)
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0990570561
Kindle ASIN: B01GGV8418

 

 

A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell discovers a dead body beneath her sales table. Suspected of murder, Jax and her friend Tessa scramble to find the killer among the fanatic shoppers and eccentric vendors. They have their hands full dealing with a scumbag show promoter, hipsters in love, and a security guard who wants to do more than protect Jax from harm. Adding to the chaos, Jax’s quirky neighbor Val arrives unexpectedly with trouble in tow. Can Jax untangle the clues before she’s arrested for murder?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Jax and Tessa are off for a weekend of fun. They are excited to be attend a bead filled bazaar in Portland. Jax plans to sell, sell, sell, and Tessa plans to buy, buy, buy. Just after the event starts the room in plunged into darkness and the first night is cancelled. Hoping things are a go the next day Jax hurries to get her booth ready but instead she finds a very famous beader under her table and she has been there a while. Jax’s screams for help are answered by a hunky security guard and both of them know there is no hope, the woman is clearly dead and because she is under Jax’s table she becomes a prime suspect. For the rest of the weekend Tessa spends her time selling beads for Jax while she tries to figure out who really killed the bead diva. Val arrives just in time to “help” and brings her own chaos to the weekend.

I recently read and reviewed the first book in this series, High Strung, and then pushed this one to the top of of my To-Be-Read list and the author sure did not disappoint.

I loved trailing around with Jax, Tessa and Val. Since they were away from home Detective Grant had a much smaller role. Instead we met Ryan, a security guard that really catches Jax’s attention and Detective Tiffany Houston, who methods of investigation are completely different than Detective Grant, and not in a good way. Some of the bead makers from book one return and they are joined by several more. They make a very eclectic group and to Jax every one of them is a suspect.

The pace of this one is pretty brisk from the start. The author has strung together a web that has almost the entire cast connected in some way to the victim, Saundra Jameson. She was a woman very full of herself and treated many people terribly. The plots and subplots blended together naturally and kept my attention to the very last word.

Again the author’s knowledge of bead making and creating jewelry was very evident and with her descriptions I could easily envision each bead, necklace and earring.

I did enjoy the bit of romance that started to bud in the story and am anxious to see how it plays out in future installments.

Jax, Tessa, and Val are treasures and this story was so much fun to read. I need to squeeze in Be Still My Beading Heart: A Glass Bead Mini-Mystery soon because Off the Beadin’ Path (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 3) will be out March 11 and I want to be ready for it.

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About The Author

Janice Peacock decided to write her first mystery novel after working in a glass studio full of colorful artists who didn’t always get along. They reminded her of the odd, and often humorous, characters in the murder mystery books she loved to read. Inspired by that experience, she combined her two passions and wrote High Strung: A Glass Bead Mystery, launching a new cozy mystery series featuring glass beadmaker Jax O’Connell.

When Janice isn’t writing about glass artists-turned-amateur-detectives, she makes glass beads using a torch, designs one-of-a-kind jewelry, and makes sculptures using hot glass. An award-winning artist, her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the Glass Museum of Tacoma, WA, and in private collections worldwide.

Janice lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and twelve chickens. She has a studio full of beads…lots and lots of beads.

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Feb 282017
 

Blown Away (A Kite Shop Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
An Imprint of Penguin Random House
Release Date – February 7, 2017
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425283547
Kindle ASIN: B01FEY5E70

 

 

In the all-new Kite Shop Mystery series set in the beachside community of Rock Point, Oregon, kite shop owner Emmy Adler gets swept up in a murder investigation.

Emmy is finally living her dream. She’s moved to the coastal town of Rock Point, Oregon, and is starting a kite business. Strings Attached features her own unique designs, inspired by everything from Picasso to Matisse’s colorful cutouts. Her spirits are soaring sky-high the morning of the grand opening—until she stumbles upon a dead man washed up on the beach.

The body belongs to local chef Miles Logan, and the gash across his chest indicates he’s been murdered. The sheriff suspects Emmy’s best friend, Avery, who used to date the chef. Emmy is sure Avery would never hurt anyone, but her pal doesn’t have an alibi for the night of the murder. With Avery’s freedom and the fate of her kite shop up in the air, Emmy takes it upon herself to follow the string of clues and solve the murder before the real killer takes flight.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Emmy Adler is flying high. She has moved to Rock Point and is living with her best friend Avery. She is also excited about opening her new kite shop that will let her creativity soar. But everything could get Blown Away after she finds the body of a local chef washed up on the beach. A man Avery used to date. A man who was murdered and somehow Avery doesn’t have an alibi for the time of his death. It doesn’t look good. Emmy decides it is up to her to string together every clue she can find to prove her friend’s innocence before the real killer flies up, up, and away.

This story starts off at a fevered pitch when Emmy finds the body on the beach in Chapter 1. From there it takes flight as all the evidence points directly to Avery. The author keeps up the brisk pace as Emmy tries to do everything she can to convince the police that Avery could not have killed that man.

The characters are super engaging but have plenty of room to develop in future installments of this series. Emmy’s mom is a true helicopter mom. Her whole life has revolved around her children and Emmy moving 4 hours away has her stressing out. So much so, she shows up unannounced the very first day with the family dog and leaving him there to keep her safe. He is quite a dog so Emmy is not to upset by that but she knows she has to keep her mom in the dark about the murder or she will be back to pack her up and move Emmy home. We also meet the owner of the other kite store in town and a handsome friend of Avery’s. I think these characters are going to be a lot of fun to follow.

When it comes to the setting, Rock Point sound absolutely wonderful. Yes, there is a bit of rain, but the views and the make up of the town sound like a place I would love to visit again and again.

This story is a strong start for this series. I wasn’t quite “blown away” but the winds are definitely blowing in the right direction. I am excited to see where Clover Tate takes us next.

 

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Find out more about Clover Tate, also known as Angela M. Sanders,
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Feb 162017
 

Where the Lost Girls Go: A Laura Mori Mystery
Thriller/Suspense/ Women Sleuths
1st in Series
Setting – Oregon
Crooked Lane Books
(February 7, 2017)

Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1629538051
Kindle ASIN: B01KGD6JV4
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Rookie cop Laura Mori catches her first investigation when the fiery crash of a sports car lights up the night sky. The fire burns the body beyond recognition, but the police are able to identify the car as that of Kent Jameson, celebrity author and benefactor of Sunrise Lake. And Jameson fears that the unidentified body is his seventeen-year-old daughter Lucy, who stormed out of the house that night after an argument.

When lab reports reveal that the body was not Lucy, but a teen runaway named Kyra whose disappearance has been linked with other missing persons–more than half a dozen “lost girls” who disappeared while living on the streets of Portland–the investigation takes a drastic turn. How did Kyra come to land at the Jameson estate in rural Oregon, and what was she doing driving their car? And who cut the brake lines on the vehicle?

Just when Laura is making progress in the case, she comes across a suspicious lane in the forest that uncovers new evidence that will once again alter the course of the investigation and rock Sunrise Lake to its core.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

A serial killer in Portland?? That may be the case. When Rookie Officer Laura Mori arrives at an inferno of a car on fire with her partner, she had no idea what was going to develop. What seemed to be a tragic traffic accident turns into a homicide investigation. Since her partner is due to leave for vacation Mori is assigned the case. The girl in the car turns out not to be who they thought but someone linked to a missing persons case involved several “lost girls”. What evolves will have you unable to put this book down.

R.J. Noonan has written a riveting mystery full of suspense. This story is played out in Portland, Oregon but could take place anywhere.

Laura Mori is a Japanese American whose parents think her job is just a phase she is going through. Because of her gentle demeanor they thought she would become a psychologist to help people, but college didn’t quite go as planned. They don’t really understand it, in fact, she is still living with her parents and her mother was upset the night of the accident that she didn’t call home and tell them she was going to be late. Her natural compassion is a double edged sword in her being a cop. She seems to get people, witnesses and suspects, to talk to her easily, but she does take the job home with her. She has a few issues of her own, but when working on the case, she works through her own problems the best she can. She is a complex main character.

The case focuses on the Jameson family. He is a rich author, his wife, number 2, works for charities and helps him organize his complicated life, his daughter, 17 year old Lucy, is a rebellious teenager that has her dad wrapped right around her little finger. The car in the accident belonged to them and the girl killed in the crash was Lucy’s friend. They live on a huge estate with stables and guest houses and they raise alpacas. Of course, they don’t do the work, they have a crew of hired hands.

The author twists and tangles the Jameson family together with their staff and a group of people living in the woods near their estate. There is also a corruption aspect in the police force. Readers follow Laura through her investigation. While trying to prove to everyone she can handle her job she does take some real risks. I wanted to jump into the book a few times to stop her, like when you scream at the characters in horror movies,  telling them not to go into the dark scary places, same kind of thing here.

I am not going to say I was totally caught off guard by the way the story ended because I was in the ballpark as to the right suspect. I just needed the how and why to be definitely determined. It was even more twisted than I imagined.

Knowing this book is the start to a series is exciting for me. I found our protagonist to be very engaging and interesting. The other characters that I assume will be returning in future installments were also strong in this story. I am interested to see what the author has in store for all of them.

As this is the first story I have read by this author I now know I need to find out more about her and her other works.

Dollycas

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  You can find out more about R.L. Noonan on her webpage here.

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Mar 212016
 

multiple listingsMultiple Listings
Contemporary Fiction/Family Life
Setting – Oregon
Gallery Books (March 8, 2016)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476785523
E-Book ASIN: B00P42WZG6
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What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit…indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki’s dad unexpectedly wants to move in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.

Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She’s finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.

Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once—there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he’s eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven’t spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?

Imbued with wit and profound insight into relationships, Multiple Listings speaks poignantly—and often hilariously—about the ties that bind families of all types together.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I escaped right into this novel.

First we meet Nicki, a real estate appraiser with a 16 year old son, Cody, and a boyfriend, Jake, that is 11 years her junior. Things seem to be on track. They are looking for a new house and are opening a restaurant together.

Then we meet Ronnie, Nicki’s father who has been incarcerated most of her life. He is being released from prison and needs to have a place to live and a job or he will violate his parole and be sent back.  He wants to reconnect with his daughter and meet his grandson. He just hopes she will let him live with her.

The chapters alternate narrators between Nicki and Ronnie and I really liked that. Their own point of views to the situations made them easy to identify with. We were able to see each character develop separately and together and their relationship struggle and grow.

I knew very early in the story what the ending would be because the story followed a very natural progression. There were a few surprises along the way, like Ronnie’s parole officer. That woman was in the wrong job and needs some counseling of her own. We also have Peaches, Nicki’s very outspoken best friend. She brings some humor and drama to the story.

When I was asked to review this book I thought it was going to be a light read full of humor. It does have a humorous side but the book has so much more. Nicki’s family was clearly dysfunctional but she turned her life around and is very successful in her own right. Yes, she does have relationship issues with men but she was clearly getting grips on that as the story continued. Her son, Cody, also matured before our eyes as he and Ronnie got to know each other and built their relationship. Ronnie is a very smart man, both from all the books he read in prison and through his life lessons.  It was a joy to watch him interact with both Cody and Nicki and become the person he hoped to be with all the bumps along the way.

I loved this story. Definitely one for my keeper shelf. I am a sucker for a book with flawed characters and a happy ending.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Tracy is a TV writer, essayist, and memoirist who has written for the acclaimed TV series Mad Men and The United States of Tara. Tracy’s 2011 essay for The Huffington Post, “Why You’re Not Married” went viral when it first published, and it’s now among the most-viewed articles on The Huffington Post ever. Her experience as a relationship-writer has infused her novel with profound insights in complex family dynamics. She also discussed this topic in a TED Talk in 2014. She has appeared as a relationship expert on shows like Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and The Today Show.

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