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Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

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On Spine of Death by Tamara Berry!


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Washinton State
Poisoned Pen Press (November 29, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 408 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728248639
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728248639
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RTH1T7Q

Bestselling author Tess Harrow and her teenage daughter Gertrude have decided to make Winthrop their home. Their cabin is fixed up and now they’re turning to the family hardware store that Tess inherited from her late grandfather into the town’s first independent bookstore.

But when renovations unearth bones from a cold case and send them toppling—literally—onto Tess’s head, the work comes to a grinding halt. With the whole town convinced that her grandfather was a serial killer, Tess has to call in a fellow horror author for reinforcements. Together, they’ll come up with a perfect story to make all the clues fit…and solve a mystery more than thirty years in the making.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this second By the Book Mystery Tess and Gertrude Harrow have made themselves at home in their cabin so Tess is ready to start renovations to turn her grandfather’s hardware store into the bookstore of her dreams. That is until the demolition sends some bones literally falling down on her head. The bones are linked to a 30-year-old cold case. Tess is beside herself with worry when most of the town is sure her grandfather was a serial killer.  Tess needs help proving them wrong so she asks an author friend to come for a visit hoping together they can gather the intel and sort through the clues to explain what really happened and clear her grandfather’s name in the process.


Just like in the first book, Buried in a Good Book, Tess spends most of her time thinking about murder and turning her present-day situation into her next book. The story starts out with her testing a theory she wants to use in a book. Still, when bones start falling means, motive, and opportunity become her focus, not only for the actual bones that surround her but tasking her with the way to fictionalize it for her bestselling series successfully. Tess is an interesting protagonist because of this. Readers are treated to her writing process and where she gets her ideas, even though they are hitting very close to home.

Her teenage daughter Gertrude is very mature and understands what is happening around her. She is even willing to help her mom in any way she can. This character has grown a lot since the start of the previous book.

I really enjoyed that part of the mystery dug into Sheriff Boyd’s past and that the cold case affected him in a personal way. He really touched me in the last book and I am so appreciative that we got to know him better. With the subject matter, he understandably was a little more somber throughout the story but that made him even more real. Sheriff Boyd is joined by several other characters we met in the first book too. They all have continued to develop nicely. Tess does get an assistant to help with her renovations with a surprising background. He quickly becomes entangled in everything happening as does Tess’s author friend Peter. All the characters are well-defined and believable.

The mystery was pretty twisted up. Tess had her job cut out for her and she had to find people who remembered what happened all those years ago. I was surprised by a key piece of evidence that was driving her quest. It really drew me in and kept the pages flipping at a rapid pace. Even with that, I was taken aback when everything was revealed.

The thing I really love about Ms. Berry’s writing style is the way she uses humor. She gives us readers plenty to laugh about, sometimes out loud. The way the characters interact and some of the situations they find themselves in are just so darn funny. It starts from page one. Tess is doing something at first that is suspenseful until the author draws back the scene curtain. At first, I was just shaking my head but that led to a downright giggle. And of course, then there was a twist and things get serious.

I thoroughly enjoyed On Spine of Death and I am excited to see that the series continues with Murder Off the Books coming out on May 30, 2023. I am excited to see what happens next in the crazy town where there never seems to be a dull moment.

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About the Author

Tamara Berry is a part-time author and part-time freelance copywriter/editor. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Eastern Washington University. In addition to books, she has mad love for all things TV, movies, and pop culture. Find out more and her website and sign up to be on her mailing list here.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Georgia, New York and Vermont!!

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

Escapes Completed


The Peach Keeper: A Novel
by Sarah Addison Allen
Release Date – March 22, 2011
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the November Alphabet Soup Mini-Challenge.
My Review


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Washington State
I will feature this book this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan

Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Review will be up Friday!

Scheduled Escapes


Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery
by Josalyn McAllister
Release Date – September 28, 2022
Setting – Georgia
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here Saturday!


Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – December 14, 2021
Setting -New York
For Review


Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery)
by Sarah Fox
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Vermont
I will be featuring this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!

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November 20 – 26, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed


Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery)
by Joyce St. Anthony
Release Date – November 8, 2022
Setting – Pennsylvania
The Great Escapes Tour stops here tomorrow!


Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries)
by Lynn Cahoon
Release Date – April 26, 2022
Setting – Idaho
I will feature this week for Cozy Wednesday.


The Case of the Amorous Assailant
by Terry Ambrose
Release Date – October 18, 2022
Setting – California
My Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


The Peach Keeper: A Novel
by Sarah Addison Allen
Release Date – March 22, 2011
Setting – North Carolina
My Flashback Friday Read and
for the November Alphabet Soup Mini-Challenge.


On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries)
by Tamara Berry
Release Date – November 29, 2022
Setting – Washington State
I will feature this book next week for Cozy Wednesday!


Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan

Release Date – February 25, 2020
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read!

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November 13 – 19, 2022


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A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries) by Catherine Bruns #Review / #Giveaway @WritesMystery @PPPress


A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Setting – Vermont
Poisoned Pen Press (October 25, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728253934
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728253930
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09QW3FYWV

First in the new Maple Syrup cozy mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bruns.

There’s nothing sweet about murder…

Leila Khoury has always believed that everyone loved her father as much as they loved his artisanal maple syrup. But when he’s killed, and she returns to Sugar Ridge, Vermont to take over his business, she starts to realize how much of his life she’s left untapped.

With her brother under suspicion, her mother just barely holding it together, and the police not producing any leads, Leila will have to investigate herself if she wants answers about her father’s sticky end. But the more she learns, the more she worries that there won’t be a sappy ending to the story.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Leila Khoury has returned to Sugar Ridge, Vermont following her father’s death to take the helm of his maple syrup business. Inheriting the place was a huge surprise especially because she was living in Florida now. But until his murderer is caught she finds herself in one sticky situation after another as she tries to tap the killer herself. The more she investigates she finds she didn’t know her dad as well as she thought she did. The police have her brother high on their suspect list while she thinks her father’s employees deserve a good look. She may have a lot to learn about making maple syrup but she knows even less about investigating a murder but that’s not going to stop her from bottling up whoever took her dad away from her way too soon.


Ms. Bruns introduces the characters at a very vulnerable time in this first Maple Syrup Mystery. Losing a parent or a spouse is hard but learning that Victor Khoury has been murdered is brutal. Leila had always been close to her dad while her brother Simon was close to their mom. Simon had other issues when his dad died making their relationship complicated. Leila and her mother are like oil and water and that is why she moved to Florida. They argued all the time and when a marriage arranged by her mother with her friend didn’t take place she just needed to get away from her mother’s accusations. Now that she is home without her father as a buffer and taking over Sappy Endings things could get complicated. We have to remember these 3 characters are grieving and we truly have just scratched the surface of their development. The author has set them up well for the continuation of the series.

Several supporting characters were introduced too. Leila’s friend Heather Turcot, Noah Rivers and Jessica Fowler who are employees of Sappy Endings, Victor’s attorney Theo Martin and the Chief of Police Alan Crosby. All played strong parts in this story and for the most part believably.

The mystery was very well plotted with Leila as an awkward amateur sleuth being led by her grief and lack of experience. She is passionate about finding her father’s killer and acts before thinking things through putting herself and others in danger. A startling moment adds another body to the count. There was a relatively small pool of suspects but there are some interesting twists that set up a surprising reveal. You could have pushed me over with a feather as the final twist shook everything up.

There is the start of a romance within the pages but I hope the couple pumps the breaks because I think it is developing too fast. I like a little slower pace in a cozy mystery.

The book is full of tasty descriptions of both maple treats (recipes at the end of the story) along with some Mediterranean dishes too. We also learned a little bit about making syrup. I do have a friend who taps trees and makes his own syrup on a much smaller scale, so I am excited to learn more right along with Leila.

I found the gathering at the end very heartwarming. The set-up for the next book when Sappy Endings gets a new employee has me very excited for Book 2. I see many more sticky situations for Leila and another dead body or two. Not the new employee though.

Catherine Bruns has started her new series off to a fine start. A Doomful of Sugar has an appealing theme, characters I want to get to know better, and is set in a place I would love to visit.

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About the Author
Catherine Bruns is a USA Today bestselling author of several mystery novels. She has a B.A. in both English and Performing Arts and is a former newspaper reporter and press-release writer. In her spare time, she loves to bake, read, and attend live-theater performances. She lives in Upstate New York with an all-male household that consists of her very patient husband, three sons, and several spoiled pets.

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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #44 – 2022


Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

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

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

Escapes Completed


Dead of Winter (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read – Review


A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up tomorrow. 


It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Book Club to Die For (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Thursday!

Current Escape


How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery)
by Debra Sennefelder
Release Date – November 24, 2020
Setting – New York
My Flashback Friday Read!

Scheduled Escapes


Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)
by Heather Day Gilbert
Release Date – May 24, 2022
Setting – West Virginia
I don’t know how I missed this one.
For Review


Gavels, Tinsel and Murder: A British Cozy Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – November 4, 2022
Setting – England
The Great Escapes Tour stops here for Cozy Wednesday next week!


A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries
by Diane Kelly
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – North Carolina
For Review

Future Escapes

October 30 – November 5, 2022


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Last But Not Leashed: A Veterinarian Cozy Mystery (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries) by Eileen Brady #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress


Last But Not Leashed: A Veterinarian Cozy Mystery
(Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries)

Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – New York
Poisoned Pen Press (September 6, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728249341
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728249346
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09PZG2YZK

In the second installment of this animal-themed cozy series, Dr. Kate Turner has one New Year’s resolution: Stop finding corpses…

All Dr. Kate Turner wants to do is get her life in order before ringing in the new year, but with bodies turning up left and right, she’ll have to trust her own instincts—and those of her beloved animals—to stop a killer in their tracks.

As the only veterinarian at Oak Falls Animal Hospital, Dr. Kate’s life is complicated. She’s swamped with hospital patients and house calls, a long-distance relationship with law student Luke Gianetti (that is less than perfect), and a handsome, flirtatious artist who sets his sights on her as his new muse.

When the body of Sookie Overmann is found outside the community center after her organization seminar, the entire town is hunting for answers. All of Kate’s hopes of quietly ringing in the new year are lost and when the body of Sookie’s assistant falls with the confetti at midnight, she has no choice but to sniff out the killer.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Veterinarian Kate Turner is still filling in for another vet and has become quite comfortable at the job. She has become friends with Cindy, the office manager, and Mari the vet assistant, so when they invited her along to the community center for an organization seminar she agrees to tag along. But as she is leaving the event she finds the seminar instructor Sookie Overmann dead in the bushes. Then on New Year’s Eve, another person falls to her death at a community party. The death was ruled a suicide but Kate knows the deaths have to be connected. Sookie wasn’t a nice person but who hated her enough to want her dead? Her husband? A client? and how does a Circle K cashier fit into the picture? Kate is determined to find out but her amateur sleuthing puts a target on her back. so much so that she temporarily welcomes one of Mari’s Rottweilers, Desi who had Schutzhund training into her home.


Kate Turner is a great protagonist who had some tragedy in her past. She is getting very comfortable in Oak Falls but trying to keep up a long-term relationship with her boyfriend is tough. I was happy to see that the office relationship between Kate, Mari, and Cindy has evolved into true friendships. It is also good when a friend has an in with the chief of police. Cindy happens to be his sister-in-law and she can get all kinds of information from him when needed. I do wish I would have read the previous series featuring Kate. I do feel I got to know her better with this story but I still want more details.

While all the human characters are well crafted, it is the canine characters that steal the show, Kate rescued Buddy, a King Charles spaniel, he is not much of a watchdog, but he sure sniffed out the injured dog someone left by the dumpster. Mr. Pitt, named by Mari,  was badly injured, clearly a victim of a dog fight. It just broke my heart that people could treat an animal so horribly. Little Man, a grumpy usually costumed Chihuahua who ended up staying with Kate while his owner goes on a trip. And then there was Desi, a Rottweiler that belongs to Mari but moved in to protect Kate until the killer is caught.  I love the way the author gives them each a unique personality. They also play a key role in the story and that always makes me smile.

The mystery was very well-plotted. Kate’s inquisitive nature has her digging into the crimes. She gets some help from a woman with a unique talent in hopes of moving the investigation ahead. Cindy keeps pushing Kate and does her best to get her info from her brother-in-law. I thought I was on track and hooked my leash to the right suspect but I was only half right. I love the ending, it was exciting and a very satisfying end to this book.

Last but not Leashed is a splendid addition to this series. It is well-written with some nice twists and interesting characters including those of the animal variety. I look forward to the next installment.

I have added the books to Ms. Brady’s other series to my wish list because I really want to learn about Kate from the beginning.

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Eileen Brady is a veterinarian and author. A wife and mother of two daughters, she often has to chase her six cats and two dogs away from her laptop keyboard. She currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #43 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Vermont, Maryland, and South Carolina!!

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

Escapes Completed


A Christmas Candy Killing (A Killer Chocolate Mystery)
by Christina Romeril
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – Montana
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this Tuesday!


The Ghost and the Stolen Tears (Haunted Bookshop Mystery)
by Cleo Coyle
Release Date – October 4, 2022
Setting – Rhode Island
The Great Escapes Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!

Current Escape


Dead of Winter (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 26, 2019
Setting – Wisconsin
My Flashback Friday Read.

Scheduled Escapes


A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries)
by Catherine Bruns
Release Date – October 25, 2022
Setting – Vermont
For Review


It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – Maryland
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!


A Book Club to Die For (A Beloved Bookroom Mystery)
by Dorothy St. James
Release Date – November 1, 2022
Setting – South Carolina
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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October 23 – 29, 2022


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to Florida and back to Wisconsin!!

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

Escapes Completed
(Books Read While In The Hospital)


Bidding for Revenge: A British Cozy Murder Mystery with a Female Amateur Sleuth (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery)
by Victoria Tait
Release Date – August 19, 2022
Setting – England
For Review


Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: A Charming and Humorous Cozy Mystery (A Senior Sleuths Mystery)
by Laurien Berenson
Release Date – August 30, 2022
Setting – Connecticut


Last But Not Leashed: A Veterinarian Cozy Mystery (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries)
by Eileen Brady
Release Date – September 6, 2022
Setting – New York


Whiskers and Lies (Magical Cats)
by Sofie Kelly
Release Date – September 13, 2022
Setting – Minnesota


Dead Calm (A Mattie Winston Mystery)
by Annelise Ryan
Release Date – February 27, 2018
Setting – Wisconsin

I will be posting reviews for these books and the ones
I read the week before I went into the hospital over the next couple of weeks as I can fit them in.

Scheduled Escapes


Live and Let Grind (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery)
by Tara Lush
Release Date – October 11, 2022
Setting – Florida
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here next Wednesday for Cozy Wednesday!


Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery)
by Elizabeth McKenna
Release Date – August 23, 2022
Setting – Wisconsin
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Thursday!

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No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries) by Linda Reilly #Review / #Giveaway @LindaSReilly7 @PPPress

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No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Setting – Vermont
Poisoned Pen Press (July 26, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1728238358
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1728238357
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09JJ46K9H

The second book in a delicious culinary cozy series—the muensters have arrived in Balsam Dell in this Halloween cozy mystery featuring a grilled cheese shop owner turned amateur sleuth

After a long hot summer in Balsam Dell, Carly Hale is ready for crisp Vermont weather and gourmet grilled cheeses at her Grilled Cheese Eatery. And the upcoming Halloween food competition is the perfect way to impress the locals.

But Ferris Menard, the owner of Sub-a-Dub-Sub, is nursing a serious grudge against Carly. Two days before the competition, one of Carly’s employees quit his part-time gig at Menard’s sub shop, sending Menard into a serious snit. In a confrontation at the Eatery, Menard accused Carly of sabotage and vowed to bring her down.

That’s when Menard’s body is found in his kitchen the morning after the competition, a steak knife sticking out of his heart. But Menard had a slew of enemies, and if Carly doesn’t figure out which one is the culprit, she might find herself—or someone she cares about—serving grilled cheese sandwiches under lock and brie!

Dollycas’s Thoughts 

Autumn in Vermont is perfect for a cup of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. Carly Hale has a bit of competition, though, not just for her food but for an employee too. Ferris Menard gets on his high horse when he decides that Carly is the bain of his existence. One of his employees that had been working part-time for both Menard’s Sub-a-Dub-Sub Shop and Carly’s Grilled Cheese Eatery has decided to work full time for just Carly. He went so far as to publicly accuse Carly of sabotaging his business during the Halloween Scary-Licious Smorgasbord food competition.

When Menard’s daughter finds her father’s dead body the next morning in his shop’s kitchen with a steak knife plunged into his heart Carly knows she will be on the list of suspects, along with someone she cares about. It should be a long list though, the man had made plenty of enemies over the years but she can’t take any chances. Carly’s going to do her best to flip the real killer and fry them up in a pan before she sends them off to jail.


Carly has settled into her new life well. Her eatery has really taken off and she has great friends and employees that support her in everything she does. She is a strong protagonist but she may need to fine-tune her investigation techniques. One person tells her, “You know Carly, you’re about as subtle as a coronary.” Another tells her, “a careful driver like you is easy to tail.” But her heart is always in the right place she will do anything she can to help anyone. I love the direction her relationship with Ari is taking. And Havarti, Carly’s lovable Morkie always makes me smile.

Carly’s supporting cast is great too. Grant and Suzanne are wonderful employees that truly have become friends. Suzanne has a little accident in this story that put her out of commission for a while but that made for some interesting temporary employees. I will say my favorite character in No Parm, No Foul was retired teacher, Evelyn Fitch. She is a regular at Carly’s Eatery and she really is a special lady who plays a major role in the mystery.

The mystery had as many tangles as a Halloween cobweb with a lot of evidence pointed in one direction. It is clearly a frame-up. Carly gets clues from some unusual sources. One who uses poetry to help her get on the right track. She does get frustrated but doesn’t give up. I was totally engaged following along with her step by step. There were some really nice twists and that meant my jaw dropped when the killer was outed during a scary and exciting reveal.

This second Grilled Cheese Mystery, No Parm, No Foul, is an excellent addition to this series. I do suggest having a cup of tomato soup and a grilled cheese handy as your start reading because the cravings start almost immediately. There are a couple of recipes at the end of the book you are going to want to try too.

Engaging characters, a fun mystery, and a cheesy-filled story will have you coming back for more. Cheddar Late Than Dead will be released on January 31, 2023.

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About the Author

Linda Reilly is the author of several mystery novels, including the Cat Lady Mysteries, the Deep Fried Mysteries, and the Grilled Cheese Mysteries. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Cat Writers’ Association, she can be found prowling the shelves of a local bookstore or library when she’s not pounding away at her keyboard. A dyed-in-the-wool New Englander, she lives with her husband and rescue cat in southern New Hampshire.


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My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #30 – 2022

Welcome to My Reading Itinerary Monday!

I am still working on getting my reading groove back,
I hope this week will get me back to normal.

Where are your books taking you this week?

I will be traveling to New York and California!

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

Escapes Completed


No Parm No Foul (Grilled Cheese Mysteries)
by Linda Reilly
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Vermont
My Review will be up tomorrow!


The Sign of the Calico Quartz (The Sweetbrier Inn Mysteries)
by Jan Drexler
Release Date – May 25, 2022
Setting – South Dakota
The Great Escapes Book Tour stops here this week for Cozy Wednesday!


Mint Chocolate Murder: An Ice Cream Shop Mystery
by Meri Allen
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – Connecticut
My Review will be up Thursday!

Scheduled Escapes


Shielding the Tiny Target
by Deena Alexander
Release Date – July 26, 2022
Setting – New York
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next Tuesday!


A Killing in Costumes (A Hollywood Treasures Mystery)
by Zac Bissonnette
Release Date – August 9, 2022
Setting – California
The Great Escapes Tour stops here next week for Cozy Wednesday!

I need to select a #FlashbackFriday book to read!

Future Escapes

July 24 – 30, 2022


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